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Kapil Sibal: 'Education must be child centric, not the curriculum'

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Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, on Thursday, emphasised on the need to make education compatible to leverage technological advancements. He stated, "Education must be child centric, and not the curriculum".

He feels that if education is made child centric, children can pursue their own dreams and aspirations.

On referring to the India's 'Mars Mission' he said, "When we talk about launching a satellite on to Mars, we have more than 220 million satellites in the country, our children and each satellite has its own trajectory. We should help them in finding their orbit and shine."

Speaking here on the occasion of the two-day CII global university-industry congress he said, "education needs to concentrate on the child and not the curriculum. Its efforts should be to bring out the brilliance in the child."

Kapil Sibal: 'Education must be child centric'

He also propagated a 10-year vision to create a road map to facilitate reforms in education to ensure that India comes to the forefront of world's education scene.

He said, "while, satellite (Mars Mission) is being guided, many institutions under the AICTE, engineering institutions, are closing down in India. "They are winding up because of lack of quality and a feeling among students that these institutions lack on individual structure, and other things," he said.

He further said: "We have a level of excellence that we have achieved which is symbolised by the launch (Mars mission) and you have the lack of excellence that is staring us in the face, and that is the irony of India."

However, Sibal advocated providing students with low-cost devices that can facilitate access to educational material and global information anytime, anywhere.

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