Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ addressed a virtual national conference on ‘Empowering through Zero- Shunya Se Sashaktikaran’ organised by Sri Aurobindo Society on 24 November 2020. In the presence of education officers and teachers connected through digital platforms across the country, the minister honoured more than 40 education officers for their leadership role and 26 teachers for their innovative practices during Covid-19 pandemic. He also launched ‘Innovation and Leadership Casebook – Covid Edition’, the e-book comprises the innovative efforts and work of the education officers and teachers.
Recalling Shri Aurobindo Ghosh, Pokhriyal reiterated the glorious past of India’s educational heritage, where world famous universities such as Nalanda and Takshashila thrived and invited students from all over the world with the slogan, ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’.
Shri Pokhriyal congratulated the organisers for launching these initiatives which will complement the vision of the Prime Minister of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’.” He reassured the organisers and representatives from the University of Cambridge, Rod Smith, that India will take forward its role as a leader in the field of education.
Rod Smith, managing director, global education at cambridge university press, speaking on the history of education in India said, “Education and research are important tools of the world. India’s education system has long and illustrious history. The first university in the world was established in 700 BC whereas, the first and oldest women’s college in Asia was established in Kolkata. The studies of trigonometry, calculus and algebra all originated in India”.
The Cambridge Partnership for Education, Cambridge University collaborates with the Government around the world to develop quality coherent education systems.