National Education Day: Thriving Knowledge base of India
India/November 11, 2022/PBNS/Source: https://newsonair.com/
“We must not for a moment forget, it is a birthright of every individual to receive at least the basic education without which he cannot fully discharge his duties as a citizen.” – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
In 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) declared 11th November as National Education Day for India. The day is the birth anniversary of India’s 1st Minister of Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also remembered the contribution of Maulana Azad on the day.
Maulana Azad was an Indian independence freedom fighter, writer and senior leader of the Indian National Congress. He served as independent India’s 1st Minister of Education from 15th August 1947 to 2nd February 1958. Maulana Azad passed away on 22nd February 1958 in Delhi.
When India got independence, the literacy rate of India was around 12%. It was the time of setting the foundation stone for the future of the nation. As the education minister, Azad focused on girls’ education, adult literacy, free and compulsory for all children up to the age of 14, universal primary education, and diversification of secondary education and vocational training.
Additionally, Azad also guided the establishment of the Department of Education in the University of Delhi, the first Indian Institute of Technology in 1951 and the University Grants Commission in 1953.
Since 2008, various activities are organised all over the country to celebrate the day. Students design posters, write slogans and essay-writing competitions are also conducted.
New National Education Policy (NEP) takes the foundation to newer heights:
The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also greeted the nation on the day, praising the new National Education Policy. The National Education Policy, 2020 is the transformative reform in the school and higher education system hailed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. NEP aims to nurture the growth of India’s knowledge base with a holistic approach. It is based on four pillars of accessibility, equity, quality and accountability.
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