Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed that the teaching fraternity should be more techno-savvy to bring qualitative changes in education sector.
"A teacher's role would be crucial in bringing qualitative changes in the education sector through the usage of technology," Modi, inaugurating the annual conference of Gujarat Rajya Acharya Sangh in Ambaji town of North Gujarat, said.
"Considering the scale and scope of Gujarat's development, the use of technology in imparting education would increase in the coming times. The teachers would need to be conversant with the latest technology and new methods of education," Modi added.
"The state has planned to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as a youth year. 21st century is the era of knowledge. And in this era, education and the empowerment of our youths are the best ways for India to establish its supremacy over the world," he said.
Talking about steps taken by the state government for the encouragement of innovations in the field of education, chief minister said, it has set up an incubation centre, i-Create, under the headship of Infosys founder Naranyan Murthy with a view to give shape to the innovative ideas, research and experiments of the youths.
The state government has also formed 'Gujarat Educational Innovation Commission' to push innovative experiments and research.
Gujarat is the only state, which has received a full-fledged 36 MHz satellite communication transponder. This will enable the state government to provide long-distance education to even the remotest parts of the state, he said.
With a view to train teachers, Gujarat government has set up Teachers' University, the chief minister added.
Earlier in the day, Modi prayed at the famous Goddess Jagadamba temple of Ambaji.