Skill development should become a national mission: Vice President
- The Vice President of India has said that skill development should become a national mission.
- Expressing concern over the rising urban-rural divide, he wanted united efforts by all agencies including the private sector to create healthcare, rural employment, skill training facilities at rural areas at par with the urban areas.
- Quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s Nai Talim, the Vice President stressed that youth and children should not just be trained to acquire skills but should be taught to respect human labor and social harmony and tolerance.
- VP said that training the youth and children on rural crafts by way of vocational training and empowering them to stand on their own should pave the way for Gram Swaraj and create the possibility of large-scale self-employment in rural and urban areas.
- The world and especially South East Asia has numerous problems like poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and low employable skills. We should wage a war against these, he added.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Nai Talim
- Literally Nai Talim(New Education), one of the Gandhi’s constructive program.
- The Gandhian approach to basic education is a holistic one, where all aspects of the individual—intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual—are cultivated in a curriculum.
- It integrates learning with hands on work that prepares young people for their life in the world, rather than containing them and separating them from the real world and surrounding community.
- Nai Talim is conceived as a craft-based education in which practical skill serves as the center and foundation of an individual’s spiritual, cultural, and social development and in which skills such as literacy and mathematics are learned in context with and in service to their craft.
- In this approach to schooling, academic subjects are taught in an interdisciplinary way and never separated from their practical application in the world.
- The craft-centered approach instills the dignity of labor, the value of self-sufficiency (swadeshi), and strengthens local culture.
Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue – 2019
- The second edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019 will be held on 05 and 06 March 2019 in New Delhi.
- This dialogue will build upon the foundation laid by the inaugural edition and will examine five fresh themes:
- Practical solutions for achieving cohesion in the region through maritime connectivity;
- measures to attain and maintain a free-and-open Indo-Pacific;
- a regional approach to the region’s transition from a Brown to a Blue economy;
- opportunities and challenges arising from the maritime impact of Industry 4.0; and
- how the twin conceptualisations of SAGAR and SAGARMALA might best be made mutually-reinforcing on a regional level.
- Through this annual dialogue, the Indian Navy and the National Maritime Foundation, aim to provide a platform for substantive and insightful discussions pertaining to the geopolitical developments affecting the maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific.
- The idea of an Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) was first conceptualised and conducted in 2018, as the apex level conference of the Indian Navy, organised by the National Maritime Foundation as the Navy’s Knowledge Partner.
- The permanent theme of this annual dialogue is a review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
Shri Arun Jaitley releases the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’
- The book is based on 50 episodes of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s heart to heart talk with the citizens of India broadcast on All India Radio.
The book sheds light on various aspects of Prime Minister’s outreach, the remarkable response it continuously received from the people, the mass movement it has inspired and the profound impact it ingrained in the minds and hearts of the youth of India.