Swami Advaitananda Giri, Chairman, International Meditation Foundation said that “Education is, that which Liberates. Education is that which leads us to the flowering of our utmost potential as human beings. If what we study in our schools and colleges is Education, then education must lead us to a loving, joyful, and peaceful world. However, the reality of education is the other way around. Despite many resources and technological advancement that makes human life much easier, the impact of the present education system is reflected in the increase of stress, anxiety, depression, unhappiness, and heartlessness like what we see in the Ukraine war right now.”
Swami Advaitananda Giri further stated that “To fix this problem we must have one class period every day dedicated to the practical transmission of human values in our schools & colleges. This one class period will make Human Values as the foundation of the education system instead of ambition driven blind race right now.
The gap in the quality of teachers in the roll-out of this type of program can be addressed by online video materials. All who specialize in it should come forward and help Government in the development of open-source training modules for teachers, students, and parents. The modules should be playful, maximum practical than theory & should cover different age groups. The training modules for human values should be able to practically transmit the wisdom to be loving, truthful, honest, and overall, a good human being. The National Education Policy 2020 is a great step forward in this direction however the policy will be as good as it gets rightly implemented”
Vice Chancellor, JC Bose University of Science and Technology (YMCA), Faridabad, Prof S k Tomar, made the students realize the futility of entering a rat race with others. Students should learn to remain happy by means of self-restraint and by exercising control over their thoughts.
Prof Lokesh Shekhawat, National President of the All-India Association of Vice Chancellors, and three time VC of JNVU University, Rajasthan, said that India has produced so many Rishi and saints and is the land of the Vedas and the Upanishads. We should be proud of our culture and traditions and the rich contributions india has made towards the well-being of the whole humanity.
Dr Randeep Singh, General secretary, AIAVCA, also inspired the students to be proud of their heritage and dedicate their time and energy towards some noble goal which can bring about a positive change in the world.
Dr. Savita Bhagat, Officiating Principal, D.A.V. Centenary College Faridabad elaborated on how in the Indian tradition all animate and even inanimate objects are considered as forms of the divine. It is in our culture only that we worship land, water, trees, and the sun. We should not lose sight of our rich Vedic culture as only that can help make human life rich and worthwhile.