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February 03, 2020 Monday 12:22:29 PM IST

Skilling and schooling must go together: VP

Policy Indications

The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu called for mandatory inclusion of skilling initiatives at school level saying “schooling and skilling must go together”.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Residential Skilling Center of Deshpande Foundation in Hubbali last week, he said that not enough attention was paid in the past to skilling in the education system and called for revisiting the education policy to make it compulsory for imparting skills to school students.

There was a need to introduce vocational education in the curriculum to create an ecosystem that produces skilled manpower, he observed.

Naidu said that the New Education Policy must address both skilling and scaling and added that it was the duty of the Government of India and all the States to ensure that schoolchildren have imparted skills in all spheres.


The Vice President also wanted augmenting of the skills relevant to the needs of rural India and agriculture as part of the initiatives to make agriculture viable and profitable. He also stressed the need for promoting rainwater harvesting in a big way.

He also advised the youth to play an active and constructive role in nation-building and adopt a positive attitude. Observing that there was no place for violence in a democracy, the Vice President said that the ballot was more powerful than a bullet.

 


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