Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor on Sunday stated that primary education is the most essential process that enables the country to meet the complex demands of development.
Speaking on the occasion of the announcement of Kasargod as the fourth district in the country to acquire complete primary education on Sunday, the inister said primary education must be ensured to rural communities in order to attain various goals of the country.
“By educating the people, we can overcome the challenges in achieving development.
“We have to develop a broader approach towards primary education in order to promote a new culture of gender, social and communal equality and harmonious living,” the Union Minister of State said.
He added that women should be given education to fight gender imbalance and for their empowerment.
Millions of children in the country, hailing from poor families, do not enjoy the benefits of schooling. Lack of trained teachers and schools with optimum facilities is a major concern for the country.
Illiteracy generates several social problems, including increasing population, gender imbalance and widespread poverty.
The initiatives as Vijnan Jyothy can liberate people from the constrains put on them by illiteracy, Tharoor said.
“No Indian university features in the top 100 universities in various world rankings. A strong continuum between equity, expansion, excellence and employment must be established in the process,” Tharoor said.
Kasargod MP P Karunakaran presided over the function.
K Kunjiraman MLA, E Chandrashekharan MLA and K Kunjiraman MLA (Thrikkarippur), District Collector P S Muhammed Sageer and District Panchayat president P P Shyamala Devi also attended the function.