Founder of RSS-backed Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas and educationist, Dinanath Batra, on Saturday called for linking education with culture and recommended compulsory social service for students in schools and college.
“There has to be a change in our education policy. Education should be wedded to culture and growth. Right now focus is on job-oriented studies but focus should be on job-generating studies,” Batra said.
Batra was speaking at a seminar on the New Education Policy (NEP) held at Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College.
Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas has sent its suggestions to the Human Resource Ministry for the Draft National Education Policy 2016 recommending that mother language should be the medium of education till Class 5 and English should be taught as a third optional language among other languages from the eight list.
“There should be compulsory social service for students at every terminal stage of education. Before they get their degrees, students should spend three months in a village doing social service. Aim of education should be to make a good human being,” he said.
Suggesting changes in the education policy, Batra said there should be an autonomous education body on the lines of the Election Commission and Supreme Court. He also said education department should be managed by educationists and not bureaucrats.
“Right now same bureaucrat can be in finance and then moved to education and then to another department. Those who are handling education should be from the education sector,” he said.
Secretary, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, Atul Kothari said that it was necessary to make changes in curriculum. “People like Srinivas Ramanujan are nowhere in the history books while at many places unconstitutional words have been used. There is no mention of true history. We feel there is a need change the curriculum,” he said.