HRD not enough, India needs separate education ministry: Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: Emphasizing the importance of education in today’s world, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia on Monday held that India is in a dire need of a separate body for governing the education portfolio at the central level.

 

“Quite ironically, the educational concerns are governed under the ambit of Human Resource Ministry; today, given the vitality of the education, we need a separate body,” Sisodia said, while speaking at the Annual Day event of Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi.  

We are humans, not resources. Policies promulgated under the ‘resource’ ministry are little and incomplete,” he added, asking the students to question the education system critically. “It is a big journey, but it has to be started from somewhere.”

 

“It is our national problem that we live in the glorification of past,” said the state Education Minister. “We kept on singing tunes that we gave the world ‘zero’. Meanwhile, the world utilised it for their own gain — the cyber system on which our total cyber world depends. The past can be our identity, our dignity; but never our future.”

 

Providing an insight into the educational system of the country, the AAP leader said that the method of imparting education — the ‘knowledge transmission’ where a teacher narrates them data and theories — has turned obsolete. “It’s time to teach them to do something new; to aid them in thinking something new.”

 

Sisodia further added that unless we teach our students to ask questions, a magnificent India couldn’t be developed. “Research oriented institute and a critical thinking approach is the way to go.”

By: Mayank Mohanti