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Pays tributes to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee due to whose strong will, the state of Jharkhand came into existence
 “In this Amrit Kaal of independence, the country has decided that the country will give a more meaningful and more grand identity to the tribal traditions of India and its valor stories”
 “This museum will become a living venue of our tribal culture full of diversity, depicting the contribution of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle.”
 “Bhagwan Birsa lived for the society, sacrificed his life for his culture and his country. Therefore, he is still present in our faith, in our spirit as our God.”

Friends,

On this important occasion, the nation’s first Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum is being dedicated to the countrymen. Fighting for India's identity and independence, Bhagwan Birsa Munda spent his last days in this jail in Ranchi. The land, which had an imprint of Bhagwan Birsa and which is witness to his penance and sacrifice, is a kind of pilgrimage for all of us. Some time back I had called for the establishment of Adivasi (tribal) museums across the country to cherish the history of tribal society and their contribution to the freedom struggle. The central and all the state governments are working together for this purpose. I am happy that the first tribal museum in Jharkhand, which is rich in tribal culture, has come into existence today. I congratulate the tribal society of the country, every citizen of India for the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan cum Freedom Fighter Museum. This museum will become a living venue of our tribal culture full of diversity, depicting the contribution of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle. There are statues of many tribal heroes, including Sidhu-Kanhu, Poto Ho, Telanga Kharia, Gaya Munda, Jatra Tana Bhagat and Diva-Kisun in this museum and their life stories have also been explained in detail.

Friends,

Apart from this, work is going on at a rapid pace on nine more such museums in different states of the country. Very soon, we will see the museums in Rajpipla in Gujarat, Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Kozhikode in Kerala, Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad in Telangana, Tamenglong in Manipur, Kelsih in Mizoram and Ponda in Goa. These museums will not only make the new generation of the country aware of the pride of tribal history, but will also give a new impetus to tourism in these areas. These museums will also preserve and promote songs, music, art-skills, handicrafts and crafts passed down from generation to generation.

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa Munda and many of our tribal fighters had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. But what was the meaning of independence and Swaraj to them? The innate goal of the freedom struggle was that the sovereignty of India and the power to make decisions for India should rest with the people of India. At the same time, the fight for 'Dharti Aaba' was also against the ideology that wanted to erase the identity of India's tribal society. Bhagwan Birsa Munda knew that attacking diversity in the name of modernity, tampering with ancient identity and nature was not the way for the welfare of the society. He was in favor of modern education, he advocated for changes and he also showed courage to speak against the evils and shortcomings of his own society. He campaigned against illiteracy, drug addiction, discrimination and created awareness among the youths of the society. It was the impact of these moral values ​​and positive thinking that gave a new energy to the tribal society. The same foreigners, who considered our tribal society, Munda brothers and sisters, as backward and weak, were brought to their knees by Bhagwan Birsa Munda and Munda society. This fight was for the root-forest-land, the identity of the tribal society and the independence of India. And it was so powerful because Bhagwan Birsa had taught the society to fight against the external enemies as well as the weaknesses within. Therefore, I think Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas is also an occasion to remember this great sacrifice of empowering the society and an opportunity to remember it again and again.

Friends,

The 'Ulgulan' (revolution) of Bhagwan Birsa Munda was not limited to victory and defeat. It was not an ordinary battle of history. ‘Ulgulan’ was an inspiring event for hundreds of years to come. Bhagwan Birsa gave life for the society, culture and the country. Therefore, he exists as God in our faith and spirit even today. When we see the tribal society becoming a participant in the development of the country and leading India on environment, we see the face of Bhagwan Birsa Munda and feel his blessings. Therefore, the tribal society should preserve the customs and culture of their society. This is what our India is doing today for the entire world!

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa is not an individual but a tradition for all of us. He is the embodiment of the philosophy of life that has been a part of the soul of India for centuries. We don't just call him ‘Dharti Aaba’. Around the time when Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was becoming the voice of humanity against apartheid in South Africa, Birsa Munda had already written a chapter of the battle against servitude in India. ‘Dharti Aaba’ did not live for very long. But he wrote a complete history for the country in a short span of life and gave direction to the generations of India. In the ongoing Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the country is reviving countless such pages of history, which were forgotten in the past decades. The freedom of this country involves the sacrifices of so many fighters, who did not get the recognition that was due to them. If we look at that period of our freedom struggle, there was hardly any period when there was no tribal revolution in different parts of the country! Be it the Munda movement under the leadership of Bhagwan Birsa, or the Santhal struggle and the Khasi struggle, the Ahom struggle in the Northeast or the Kol war in the Chota Nagpur region and the Bhil struggle, the tribal sons and daughters of India challenged the British rule in every period.

Friends,

If we look at the history of Jharkhand and the entire tribal region, Baba Tilka Manjhi had launched a vigorous front against the British. The Sidho-Kanhu and Chand-Bhairav brothers ​​had blown the trumpet of the Santhal war from Bhognadih. There were so many fighters like Telanga Kharia, Sheikh Bhikhari and Ganpat Rai, heroes and leading ladies like Tikait Umrao Singh, Vishwanath Shahdeo, Nilambar-Pitamber, Narayan Singh, Jatra Oraon, Jadonang, Rani Gaidinliu and Rajmohini Devi who made supreme sacrifices to carry forward the freedom struggle. The contribution of these great souls cannot be forgotten. Their glorious past and sagas will give energy for a new India. Therefore, the nation has appealed to its youth and historians to rewrite the history of independence involving these personalities. The youth have been urged to come forward. A writing campaign is being run regarding this in this virtuous period of freedom.

I would also request the youth of Jharkhand, especially the tribal youth, who not only read the history of this land, but have seen, heard and lived it to take the responsibility of this resolve of the country. You can research or write a book on the history related to the freedom struggle. You can also discover new innovative ways to take tribal art and culture to the masses. Now it is our responsibility to give new consciousness to our ancient heritage and history.

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa Munda had dreamed of existence, identity and self-reliance for the tribal society. Today the country is also moving forward with this resolve. We have to remember that no matter how big a tree is, it can stand tall only when it is deeply rooted. Therefore, AatmaNirbhar Bharat is also a resolve to connect with its roots and strengthen its roots. This resolution will be fulfilled with the efforts of all of us. I have full faith our country will definitely fulfill its resolutions and will also give direction to the entire world with the blessings of Bhagwan Birsa. I once again wish the nation for the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas. I would urge the students of the country to visit Ranchi and see this exhibition showcasing the great culture of the tribal community. Try to learn something there. There is a lot here for every child of India to move forward with determination in life. I once again thank you all very much.

 

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PM inaugurates Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam on implementation of NEP
July 07, 2022
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“The basic premise of the National Education Policy is to take education out of narrow thinking and connect it with the modern ideas of the 21st century”
“The education system created by the Britishers was never part of the Indian ethos”
“Our youth should be skilled, confident and practical, education policy is preparing the ground for this”
“Sectors that used to be closed to women are now showcasing their talent”
“National Education Policy’ has given us a tool to realize innumerable possibilities”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam on implementation of the National Education Policy in Varanasi today. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Smt. Annapurna Devi, Dr Subhas Sarkar, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, State Ministers, educationists and other stakeholders were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that ‘our education system and young generation carry a big part of realizing the pledges of the ‘Amrit Kaal’. He conveyed his best wishes for the Samagam while bowing to Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Akshay Patra Mid-Day Meal Kitchen at LT College. He said that the high level of talent of the students that he interacted with is an indication of the effort that will be needed to harness that talent.

The Prime Minister said that “the basic premise of the National Education Policy is to take education out of narrow thinking and connect it with the modern ideas of the 21st century.” The Prime Minister said there was never a dearth of intellect and talent in the country, however, the education system created by the Britishers was never part of the Indian ethos. He underlined the multidimensionality of the Indian ethos of education and asked for that aspect to mark the modern Indian education system. The Prime Minister stressed that “we should not only prepare degree holder youth but give our education system to the country, whatever human resources are needed for the country to move forward. Our teachers and educational institutions have to lead this resolution.” For creating a New India, the Prime Minister stressed that a new system and modern processes are critical. What was not even imagined earlier is a reality now, he said. The Prime Minister continued “not only did we recover so fast from the big epidemic of Corona, but today India is one of the fastest-growing large economies of the world. Today we are the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world.”

The Prime Minister noted that in areas like space technology, where earlier only the government used to do everything, now a new world is being created for the youth through private players. Sectors that used to be closed to women are now showcasing their talent.

The Prime Minister highlighted that in the new policy, the entire focus is on making children skilled according to their talents and choices of the children. “Our youth should be skilled, confident, practical and calculative, education policy is preparing the ground for this”, he said. The Prime Minister emphasized the need to work for the future with a new thought process. He said children today are displaying a very advanced degree of talent and we need to be prepared to help and harness their talent.

The Prime Minister lauded the effort that went into the preparation of NEP, however, he emphasized that the momentum was not let down after the preparation of the policy. There has been constant discussion and work on the implementation of the Policy. The Prime Minister personally attended many seminars and events to talk about the implementation of the policy. This has resulted in a situation where the county’s youth is becoming an active partner in the growth of the country.

The Prime Minister also talked of a big overhaul of education infrastructure in the country. Many new colleges, universities, IITs and IIM are opening in the country. There has been an increase of 55 per cent in the number of medical colleges after 2014, he informed. The Common Entrance Test for universities will bring ease and equality to university admissions. “The National Education Policy is now opening the way for studies in the mother tongue. In this sequence, ancient Indian languages ​​like Sanskrit are also being carried forward”, he said.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that India can emerge as a big centre of global education. He said guidelines have been issued to prepare Indian higher education as per international standards. Special offices have been established in 180 universities for international affairs of the institutions. He asked the experts to be aware of the international practices in the field.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of practical experience and fieldwork and asked for an attitude of ‘lab to land’. He asked the academics to validate their experience with verified testing. He asked for evidence-based research. He also asked for research on the demographic dividend of India and find ways to best utilize this and find solutions for the ageing societies of the world. Similarly, resilient infrastructure is another area of research. “National Education Policy’ has given us a tool to realize innumerable possibilities which were not available earlier. We need to use it fully, he concluded.

Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam

The Ministry of Education is organising Shiksha Samagam from 7th to 9th July. It will provide a platform for eminent academicians, policymakers and academic leaders to deliberate and share their experiences and discuss the roadmap for effective implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The event is being organised as part of capacity building of more than 300 Academic, Administrative & Institutional Leaders from Universities (Central, State, Deemed, and Private), and Institutes of National Importance (IIT, IIM, NIT, IISER) from all over the country. Various stakeholders would present the progress of implementation of NEP in their respective institutions and would also share noteworthy implementation strategies, best practices and success stories.

During the three-day Shiksha Samagam, panel discussions on nine themes identified for Higher Education under NEP 2020 will be conducted. These themes are Multidisciplinary and Holistic Education; Skill Development and Employability; Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Capacity Building of Teachers for Quality Education; Quality, Ranking and Accreditation; Digital Empowerment and Online Education; Equitable and Inclusive Education; Indian Knowledge System; and Internationalisation of Higher Education.