Batra demands autonomous education commission and all-India education service

PanchnadChandigarh : Renowned  educationist Dina Nath Batra on Saturday demanded de-politicisation and de-bureaucratisation of the  education  system in the country.

Addressing 24th annual conference of the Panchnad Research Institute here Mr Batra, considered to be the think-tank on  education,  demanded setting up of an autonomous education commission comprising educationists  be set up  to evolve a comprehensive education policy  for the country. The commission, he said, must not have political nominees.

rajesh 1Mr  Batra also  mooted that an all-India education service ( IES)  be created on the lines of IAS and  IPS services to involve committed educationists in the education system.

While asserting that the education system should focus on the development of personality  in consonance with the values of  our culture and spiritual ethos, Mr  Batra also suggested that social service be made integral part of the education system.  ” At every terminal stage in  the education of a child  social service must be made essential and for this educational institutions including universities  and colleges  should adopt villages for the purpose”, he added.

In addition, he said, a core curriculam be formed for all schools which should comprehensively address literary and culture achievements  of various Indian languages. For example a child in Punjab and Haryana should be taught about literary and cultural achievements  of states like Tamila Nadu and Kerala.

Prof KuthialaMr Batra also stressed  the need to re-write the Indian history, which, he felt,  does not reflect the Indian ethos. Instead, it tends to distort facts and run down heroes of the Indian freedom struggle and  spiritual tradition.

He said the present education  system was largely information-based. It just amounted to dumping and vommitting of information and did just nothing to build a comprehensive personality  of the students, who could deliver to the society meaningfully.

Panchnad 1Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki , in his presidential address, said the Indian education system needed to be wedded to the Indian culture and ethos. ” Every nation has its own culture and history to shape the education system. So it was  imperative that  Indian education system shed off the burden of the Macaulay system and adopt and indigenous ethos”, the governor added.

Mr Brij Kishore Kuthaia, director of the Panchnad Research Institute and vice-chancellor of the Makhan lal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bhopal, stressed the need to redress distortions in the education system that crept in during the British times and continued even after the country’s Independence.

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