NOIDA- On Saturday, the vice president of India M. Venkaiah Naidu emphasized on overall development of the students with a suggestion that the students should spend 50 per cent outside their classrooms while schooling hours. These hours should be allocated to sports education. He stated this while attending the annual function of Jubilee Hills Public School. He added that studies should always be the prime agenda of schools but the education of sports, culture, fine arts, art, and music should never be neglected with overburden of regular studies. He advocated strongly that 50 per cent of students’ time in schooling hours should be spent on extracurricular activities.
The VP said that the school curriculum should be structured in such as way so that it is oriented towards making the students inclined for rational thinking, cognitive development, etc. He also advocated the fact that the school education system should be revamped completely so that the students enjoy in school to the fullest and become active learners.
The education system should be redesigned to put more focus on transforming a child creative, caring, curious, communicative, and capable. Every child of today should be a caring, active citizen eager to contribute to the changing world and shaping up the tomorrow.
Highlighting education as a foundation of a quality life, Mr Naidu said, “Our life is multi-faceted and so must education be.” He said life encompassed a range of activities which help us to acquire new knowledge and skills, make us physically strong and healthy, please our hearts and bring out the finest qualities lying dormant in each one of us.”
Remembering the Guru Shishya Parampara in India, Mr Naidu said, “Teachers and students used to live together in Gurukul age where they were always engaged in constant dialogue. These dialogues had been recorded and stated in Upanishads in the ancient age and nowadays, are used to impart learning for the students.
Elaborating the significance of constant dialogue between teacher and student, he further said that the teachers’ role doesn’t end just by guiding the students in academics, but gurus should focus on inculcating the life skills to the students. Such learning will help the students navigate efficiently in the current complex world.
He defined holistic education as a learning which maintains equilibrium between head, heart, body and spirit. The students should not be only able to grasp and extract the knowledge but they should know the art of applying their knowledge to tackle real-life problems.