After bitter differences with the Aam Aadmi Party government over several issues in the recent past, lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung showed signs of thaw on Tuesday.
Jung went ahead to say that he had no “differences” with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The lieutenant governor not just denied having differences with the chief minister but also called deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia a visionary. “The city is very lucky to have Sisodia as education minister as he is such a great thinker,” Jung said.
He congratulated the minister for his efforts to make education value-based. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the nine-day workshop that was being held for government school principals and faculty of the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and District Institutes of Education and Training. Jung was invited to the event as the chief guest.
Talking on a lighter note, Jung said, “At St. Stephen’s College, we used to have assembly where the students studying physics, chemistry used to sit in the front row, the ones studying history in the middle and ones studying BA programme at the end. So our principal used to say the ones sitting in the front will spend their time in the laboratory, the history ones will get into IAS to boss around and do not mind Manish but the ones at the back were meant to be politicians.”
Sisodia, however, only thanked Jung for being a part of the workshop and went on to address the teachers, “In the present system we only concentrate on results, mid-day meals and toilets and other infrastructure but one should understand these are only medium not true achievement of education.”
The workshop “Ensuring Values through Education” was held at the SCERT bhawan. The event was a part of the series of workshops on “Jeevan Vidya as Madhyastha Darshan” (life’s education can be achieved by following the middle path).
The worshops are an effort by the Delhi government to inculcate values in the education system. The workshops have been highlighting the need for peaceful co-existence with nature and people. It aims to encourage participants to live life adopting a balanced approach rather than just existing for comforts and materialistic aspects of life.
Som Tyagi, popularly called Som Bhai, who holds these workshops said, “Teachers’ biggest task of is to help students become good human beings. So this (workshop) will bring confidence in a teacher and as quality of teacher improves then the subject delivery will improve.