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Kalam launches free education portal

Sakshat is a portal which promises to provide a one stop solution to educational requirements.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 21:22 IST

A pilot scheme to boost education through a 'one stop education portal' Sakshat, was launched by President APJ Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Monday.

Observing that nearly 10 million youth were injected into the employment market every year, Kalam said the country also needed a large number of talented youth with education for the task of knowledge acquisition, knowledge imparting, knowledge creation and knowledge sharing in the 21st century.

"A National Policy for creating a Global Human Development Cadre for India has to emerge," he said at a function to launch the HRD ministry's initiative.

Sakshat programme should think of extending the system for providing world class vocational skills to youth for making them internationally competitive, Kalam told the gathering of academics and students. "We have to start right now to realise this goal since the overall time available for such an educational growth is short," he added.

Terming Sakshat an impressive engine, the President said, this was of a scale not witnessed so far in India's internet evolution and for this to succeed, the people should get free bandwidth.

"What we are starting today by the HRD Ministry is an impressive engine with great potential to change the country and change the way education is imparted," he said, adding it was a mission worthy of India and Indian capabilities and prowess in information and communication technology.

Kalam said the university education system in the country produces three million graduates and post graduates every year and the students seeking employment after completion of tenth class and 10 plus two were around seven million a year.

Keeping this demand in mind, he said the education system should create two cadres of skills—a global cadre of skilled youth with specific knowledge of special skills and another global cadre of youth with higher education.

To a question on poor, rural and intelligent wanting to become President, Kalam said "fix an aim and work not allow the problem to become your master. You become the master of the problem and succeed."

Singh said the portal would be one of the important pillars of the National Mission on Education during the 11th Five Year plan. Lauding the project, Singh reiterated UPA government's commitment to ensure that no person was deprived of education on economic or social reasons.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 17:44 IST