National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) organised a debate on Indian Education System at the House of Commons in London….reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri
A debate titled “Indian Education- Meeting Dynamic Requirements” was organised by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) at the House of Commons. Mr Virendra Sharma MP, Chair for Indo British APPG, has hosted the programme which has also marked the Golden Jubilee of the formation of Haryana State.
Minister for Education and Tourism of Haryana Ram Bilas Sharma was the Chief Guest, Acting High Commissioner of India Mr Dinesh Patnaik was the key note speaker and Mr Alok Sharma MP, Mr David Lelliott, British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh, Olympic medallist Jagdish Kaliraman attended as Guests of Honour. Mr Bob Blackman MP was also attended the function.
Sanam Arora, President of NISAU, welcomed the packed room of audiences that mainly comprised of academicians, students and members from education sector. After a brief welcome, she has invited Honourable Minister Sharma to address the gathering.
During his speech, the minister has rightly highlighted and taken pride belonging to the land of the oldest civilasation in the world, giving Vedic references for River Saraswati. He quoted Lord Macaulay, Max Mueller etc who have acknowledged the ancient knowledge and culture of India and emphasised on Indian philosophy and education are one of the oldest and best in the world.
High Commissioner Patnaik underscored the need to revamp the education system in India and said that the focus must be more on Fundamental Research. He has also highlighted that collaboration with Russia, Germany, France in fields such as humanities should be improved and that the teaching faculties must strengthened.
Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott highlighted that 2016 being UK-India Year of Education, Research and Innovation, emphasis was laid on skills and employability agenda. He also highlighted that under the framework, 25, 000 students would be going to India for skills acquisation for the period up to 2020.
Coming from Sports sector, Jagdish Kaliraman gave inputs on sports infrastructure and suggested a connection between education and sports, and a partnership between people and the system is necessary. He also underpinned the need for employing experienced sportsmen and sportswomen in schools, making sports compulsory subject in the curriculum and focussing on performance development in sports.
During the Q&A session, a variety of inputs were given by the audience. One of the members Viola Fernandes made an excellent point about education and career path being chiefly driven by economic prospects.
The Apprentice fame Karthik Nagesan spoke briefly on the occasion and Rang De Sriram presented the objectives and the work of Rang De in eradicating poverty through micro financing to underprivileged communities.
The program was coordinated by Vikram Duhan, Vice President, Harshada Topale Operations Manager, Gayatri Rawtal, Executive Officer. The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK, formed in 2011, is an umbrella organisation representing UK University students and alumni of Indian heritage providing unified voice for students on a national platform.