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Student draws power and identity from critical thinking and curiosity: LG

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Says, classroom must stimulate students’ intellectual capacity, enrich their personality

Jammu: “The biggest power for a student is critical thinking, and curiosity is the only real identity. Critical thinking and curiosity help a student to earn the values of courage, caring, and cooperation.”

This is what Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said Thursday at the ‘Meritorious Students’ Award’ function organized by Amar Ujala Group at Baba Jitto Auditorium of SKUAST-Jammu, an official press release informed.

It said the LG congratulated all the students and wished them very best for their future endeavours.

“Both knowledge and values in the education system is the need of the hour. At this impressionable age, the classroom must stimulate students’ intellectual capacity and enrich their personality,” he added.

Observing that the National Education Policy (NEP) prepared under the guidance of the Prime Minister has redefined the entire education ecosystem, the LG stressed upon schools to promote innovation, creativity, flexibility and experiments.

The culture of innovation and invention will enable the students to confidently tackle the challenges of the future and contribute to nation building in various capacities, he further added.

“Any region, any nation will prosper only when the younger generation gets the right environment to nurture critical thinking and curiosity. Focus on your independent thinking, individual growth and never stop looking for answers for your queries to unlock the vast potential of knowledge,” the LG told the students.

He highlighted the reforms introduced in the education sector and significant decisions taken in line with the NEP to transform the education sector in Jammu and Kashmir in the last two years.

“In our effort to achieve the goal of education for all, we have made effective interventions to offset the dropout rate. Last year enrollment drive registered a 14.5 percent increase,” said the LG.

“We are developing necessary infrastructure for girls’ education, bridging gender gaps, developing Atal Tinkering Labs & Computer-Aided Learning centres, providing scholarships, extending handholding for individual growth and ensuring quality education for all sections of society,” the LG added.

“Leading educationists of the country have been invited to be a part of the Higher Education Council of J&K. We are preparing a pragmatic road map to enhance the potential of human resources, re-aligning the Higher Education ecosystem to meet the needs of present-day challenges and strengthening the academia-industry relationship,” Sinha observed.

“Initiatives like Aao School Chalen campaign, Talaash Survey, Teachers-Students mentorship programs are yielding favorable results. Today 70,000 boys and girls are taking vocational training in 14 different trades and 1420 computer-aided learning centers in upper primary schools are promoting curiosity, and critical thinking in children,” he added.

Uday Kumar, Group Editor Amar Ujala in his welcome address gave a detailed briefing about the endeavour.

On the occasion, the meritorious students of 10th and 12th standards were felicitated.

Rajinder Sharma, Mayor JMC; Bharat Bhushan, Chairman DDC Jammu; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, School Education Department; Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, besides senior officials,  teachers, parents and students in large numbers were present.

Prof. JP Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu; Prof. Umesh Rai, VC Jammu University; Prof Bechan Lal, VC Cluster University Jammu and members of Amar Ujala group were also present on the occasion.

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