“We must focus on nurturing patriotism among our students. If a person wants to do something for the country, joining Indian Army is not the only way. Being a good citizen is also one of the best ways to serve the country. Our efforts supporting the country’s development and betterment encourage soldiers on border,” said Lt Gen Kamal Jit Singh, State Information Commissioner and Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister.
While speaking at the 11 th School Leadership Summit Chandigarh as Guest of Honour, Lt Gen Singh has touched upon various key issues and opportunities related to education sector. He said, “To improve the education scenario in India, it is important for all of us to share the responsibility. It is the duty of principals from finest schools in India to understand and cater the needs of students hailing from tier-2 and tier-3 cities by interacting with them, and building and managing a micro-environment to provide such an education.”
Lt Gen Singh also emphasised on an important aspect that imparting sensible education is very important. He said, “Another important aspect is to improve the education sector sensibly. Innovations and latest methodologies are considerably exciting for every stakeholder of education ecosystem. But, we must be sensible enough to adopt those changes so that changes help building a sustainable and quality education landscape.”
He also suggested ways to fulfill the educational needs of students by leveraging India’s demographic dividend. According to him, “India has got a huge demographic dividend which needs to be leveraged by the educational institutions to fulfill the educational needs across the country. Countries like Japan, Germany and Italy has deficiency of skilled manpower. We can help these countries in this regard. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan to provide five lakh skilled employees.”
Touching a very important issue of nurturing employable youth, Lt Gen Singh suggested ways for it. He said, “Simultaneously, schools are also needed to nurture skilled students for different job roles and not only for white collar or government jobs. Our country not only requires engineers, doctors or government officials but it also requires workers with varied backgrounds. Schools can contribute to it in a big way. In case it is not done seriously, the demographic dividend can become a demographic disaster.”
“Nagaland has a literacy level of around 70% in 2004. There were people in the villages of Nagaland with more than one PhD degrees. But there PhD was in subjects which are irrelevant from education point of view. So, large number of people in India acquires education without acquiring the relevant skills. It is better to create employable youth rather than preparing educated but unemployable youth. As teachers and educators, it is important to identify what kind of end product we are delivering. Though there are challenges but at the same time, it is also equally important that our job is to nurture students who should have a great future ahead,” He further said.