In Uttar Pradesh, the need of hour is to inculcate cultural values among youth of the State. For this, various unique courses have been started, says Ramesh Mishra, Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh, in an interview with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN).
What is the reason for education system of Uttar Pradesh for lagging behind in education system of other States?
The education system of Uttar Pradesh is a traditional one that helps inculcating moral values like respecting teachers and elders in the society. But, nowadays it is sad to see that States like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar which were the pioneers of education in ancient time, given country the education system like Gurukul, where the teachers used to be respected more than the parents, are struggling to maintain a good environment for teachers and students since last 50 or 60 years. Such a good environment may help the education system of Uttar Pradesh to be at par with the other States.
What initiatives have been taken to improve Uttar Pradesh’s education landscape?
After joining as a secretary, I gave priority to inculcate those traditional philosophies, customs and ethical values which used to exist in our culture.
It is my belief that the Indian culture is respected and our philosophies are required to be honoured by making our students study about them. Our philosophies and religious practices are based on scientific and psychological analysis. For this purpose, I requested few vice-chancellors of the universities in our State to develop new curriculum and certification courses which are short in duration and also help students learn about their culture.
Recently, I met with few scholars of Lucknow University and the vice-chancellor in which we decided to conduct five certification courses and online courses on Buddhism, Jainism, Brahminic traditions etc. We have also started certification courses in astrology. One more course we are going to start in film making with the association of Canon India under which the students will be able to learn about using the different lenses in film-making, handling different types of cameras, editing, effects, sound, dubbing etc.
What is the vision behind starting unique courses?
Lucknow University is the first one to start such courses. We have prepared around half of the curriculum for the courses. We hope that soon the citizens of India not only within the country but also from abroad will be benefitted from these courses and know about their forefathers, old traditions through these courses. We are trying to provide them the knowledge of Indian philosophy online and we hope that gradually all universities and colleges will introduce such courses. Such courses will help to inculcate ethical values among the Indian Youth. I hope such courses on ethical virtues and moral responsibilities will help Uttar Pradesh to regain its place as a centre of culture not only in India but also in the world.