CHENNAI: Amidst strong protests in the Dravidian heartland against Hindi imposition, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on a visit to the metro on Saturday batted for learning in one’s mother tongue.
On a brief visit, which he wound up, to rush to Delhi following the demise of former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah said “it is essential to make the medium of instruction, at least up to Class 5 in the local language or mother tongue to make education inclusive and universal and such a step would help young minds to grasp concepts easily.”
“Language is the medium of expression of our thoughts and emotions and that the literature in each language was rich and varied. People should learn as many languages as possible without neglecting their own mother tongue,” the Vice President said. He was speaking at the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of celebrated philanthropist, Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty here.
Urging for measures to encourage the use of Indian languages in education by providing quality books and recruiting Indian language teachers wherever feasible, Mr. Venkaiah said, “our languages can bring us together. They will help us increase our own knowledge and lead to wider appreciation of diverse ideas.”
Lauding the Centre’s draft new education policy (NEP), he said it encourages philanthropic institutions to enter the field of school education. Schools must become resource centers for the local community and they should do voluntary community work and must focus on issues like social and gender justice, family health, cleanliness, child labour, environmental protection and preservation of natural resources.
Pointing out that Sri Cunnan Chetty Garu set an inspiring example for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders, the Vice President said Chetty was a multi-faceted person who had established an Ayurvedic Hospital besides arranged for free distribution of milk to needy children. He involved himself in numerous philanthropic activities including providing monthly financial assistance to widows and destitute, nutritious food daily for hundreds of hungry students. “It is necessary to recognise the contribution of wealth creators and wealth distributors like Chetty guru who not only provide revenue to the government and create jobs, but also contribute to social good,” Venkaiah said and complimented the trustees of the charities for their devotion and dedication, and to old students associated with the schoolbesides well wishers who are continuing Chetty’s noble mission.
He also called for imbibing the values of charity, empathy, compassion, and voluntarism in students from an early age and schools and educational institutions mustempower students to grow into ideal citizens of society who would be responsive and responsible towards larger community....