Chandigarh, October 31 - Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today announced to set up a Skill Development University in the state. He said that Haryana has also set up a Skill Development Mission on the pattern of National Skill Development Mission so as to help the drop out students in their skill upgradation and make them employable.
Mr Manohar Lal was speaking in a Consultative Meeting of North Indian States for preparation of New Education Policy at the national level organized at Gurgaon today. The one day meeting was jointly organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Department of Higher Education of Government of Haryana. Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Haryana Education Minister Prof Ram Bilas Sharma, PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Nani, Punjab Education Minister Sardar Daljit Singh Cheema, MLA Sohna Tejpal Tanwar, MLA Gurgaon Umesh Aggarwal and senior officers of Education Departments from the north Indian states were also present.
In his address, the Chief Minister said that earlier the education policy used to percolate from ‘Top to Bottom’ but now for the first time in the country suggestions were taken from village, Block, District and State level for preparation of a comprehensive National education Policy. Now the policy is being framed from ‘Bottom to Top’. The new education policy framed after a thorough discussion from all over the country would meet the requirements of the fast growing India, which is heading towards becoming a ‘Vishwa Guru’ (world teacher). He was of the view that education should be value based which makes the students employable. He said that as of now emphasis is laid on ‘3-R’ education, which means Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
He said that a proposal for setting up of a Skill Development University in Haryana has been sent to the HRD Ministry and he hoped that it would clearance. The University would help in training of teachers in improving their pedagogical skills so that they can prove to be good teachers and be fair to their profession. He said that a Skill Development Mission has been set up in the state to take care of the drop out students or who could not take up higher education due to some circumstances in upgrading their skills and make them employable.
Mr Manohar Lal said that in addition to education, the state government has taken steps for ‘good governance’ and the state got appreciation from the Central Government for e-governance. He said that “we don’t work for appreciation certificates but to provide basic services to the people at their doorstep in minimum possible time.” He said that the BJP government in Haryana has worked more than the expectations of the people during its one year tenure and would strive hard to come up to the expectations of the masses in future as well.
On the occasion, Mrs Smriti Zubin Irani expressed her gratitude towards Haryana for making arrangements to organise Consultative Meeting for framing New Education Policy in such a short time. She appreciated the arrangements.
Earlier, Mr Manohar Lal and Mrs Irani, along with other ministers, paid floral tributes to ‘Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. The Chief Minister recalled how Sardar Patel united 565 provinces into one India in just 100 days.
In the Consultative Meeting, the HRD Minister invited suggestions from the northern Indian states, majority of whom suggested to drop ‘no detention policy’ because, according to them, the poor learning outcome in the primary classes were reflected in the large scale drop outs after class 9th and low percentage of pass outs in class 10th and 12th. They also emphasized on the need to introduce teacher training from induction level to afterwards for developing better pedagogical skills.
Later, the Chief Minister went to Rotary Public School where he gave away prizes to the winners of the All Gurgaon Hindi Writing Competition. The programme was organized by Sanskritic Gaurav Sansthan.