RTE to follow Gandhian policy

The Right to Education Act which promises free and compulsory education to children between the age of six and 14, is in tune with the Gandhian philosophy, speakers at a conference on Child Rights from the Gandhian Perspective said on Monday. Organized by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) in association with the NGO Aashiana, the conference was held to mark the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi which was on January 30. Oscar Fernandes, MP and chairman of the parliament's standing committee on the human resource development ministry, said, “One of the core ideas of Mahatma Gandhi was that every child should get education, therefore the Right to Education is based on his philosophy”. “Gandhi had said that if a child gets education then he or she will have the access to anything in life,” he added. Reiterating the point, Amod Kanth, chairperson of DCPCR quoted various examples when Gandhi interacted with children and listened to their views on different issues.