Primary education minister Vasudev Devnani on Friday termed India as the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world and cited the example of Alwar based ‘app-master’ Imran Khan.
Alwar-based 34-year-old maths teacher Imran Khan has developed over 50 education-based mobile applications and distributed them for free. He was recently mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech at Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom.
Devnani was speaking during a felicitation ceremony held in honour of Khan at Tagore Public School in Jaipur.
Taking a jibe at the actor Aamir Khan’s controversial comment that his wife, Kiran Rao Khan, gave leaving India a thought because of rising intolerance, Devnani said, “India is a country that has mutual respect for all religions and faiths. For centuries, people have lived here peacefully and it is the most tolerant country. Such people should think before they speak.”
Asked whether Aamir Khan should take inspiration from Imran Khan, Devnani said, “Definitely, Aamir should not only take inspiration from Imran bhai but billions of Indians who peacefully co-exist with each other. Imran is an example for other teachers of Rajasthan and India for his efforts towards selfless teaching. He has infused technology in his teaching to connect with the children on a better platform.”
Devnani, later addressing the students asked them to be role models for society and exhorted them to emulate the life of Imran Khan. “Students should believe in 3 I’s - Integrity, Intelligence and Innovation, 3 C’s- Creativity, Communication, Confidence and 3 T’s- Tolerance, Talent and Technical mindset.
With these 9 elements, students can achieve anything if they desire. I present the workings of Imran as a challenge to the students present here and ask them to be like him or even better surpass him,” he said.
Later, Imran also held an interactive session with the students where he explained in detail the workings of his education-based applications and how students could benefit from them.
“Besides teaching in my school, I found time to develop these apps so as to connect with my students on a digital platform. I did not do this for money and that is the reason I have distributed them for free. I have also build apps that are Hindi-language enabled so that rural students can also reap the benefits,” said Khan.