Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked RSS-linked schools to make the optimum use of technology and be ready to accept knowledge from wherever it comes to enhance the quality of students produced by them.
Addressing a conclave of principals of schools run by Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharati Shiksha Sansthan here, he said keeping away from technology hampers growth in all sectors, including education.
He said the schools run by the Shiksha Sansthan have expanded in numbers, they need to focus on enhancing quality of students while competing with other schools in terms of education as well as extra curricular activities.
Noting that the Shiksha Sansthan runs 12000 schools with 32 lakh students linked to it in the country, Modi said, however, that there is no urge to accept the challenge of rising to the top of the education system.
“I know this system closely...The Shiksha Sansthan is expanding in numbers but what about quality?... We need to change the goals in all aspects. There should be feeling of pride about the tradition of the institution,” he said about the Vidya Bharati schools which are linked to the RSS.
The Prime Minister exhorted the gathering to work towards establishing even more firmly, the image of Vidya Bharati, as an institution committed to “education with values.”
He asked the Principals to work towards instilling excellence in every aspect of students’ lives. As an illustration, he asked them to work to prepare sportspersons who could win gold medals at the 2020 Olympics.
Underlining that technology has emerged as crucial for all spheres of life, he said there should be optimum use of this in all spheres of life, particularly education. “Distance from science and technology hampers our growth.”
He said “we have never been afraid of getting knowledge” which can come from any of the four directions. “We should ask ourselves, are our minds open to accept the best of the world?”