The highest Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama Friday called for educational reforms to effectively eliminate “fear and violence” from society. Stressing on the need for greater sensitivity of teachers rather than students, the Dalai Lama said education is meant for harmony, tolerance and love which it was not able to achieve in its present form. “The ultimate goal of education is to promote social harmony, tolerance, which is not the case with its present form,” he said, delivering a convocation address at Ambedkar University where he was chief guest.
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He suggested teachers should research and include methods in their teaching which could inculcate values of social development among their students.
“India with its ancient knowledge and philosophy can do this for which a combination of it with latest technology will be needed,” the Dalai Lama said.
He exhorted students to not be deterred by “adversities” and work for equality in the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung said that besides Gandhi, India is also the land of Dalai Lama.
A total of 530 students received degrees in graduation, post graduation, MPhil and PhD. The degree recipients included more than 66 per cent girls.
At another event in the city, the spiritual leader advocated the revival of ancient Indian knowledge which still holds relevance in today’s world. Delivering a lecture on the “Meaning of Life and Secular Ethics”, the Dalai Lama also said Indians should pay more attention to their traditional knowledge.
On the occasion, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said Tibetans should never feel that they are refugees in India.
“India is your home,” he said, adding that the government must do everything for Tibetans living in Delhi. L-G Jung was also present at this event.
Rijiju said, “Although the Dalai Lama says he is the chella of India, and the relation of India and Tibet is that of a guru and a chella (teacher and student), but for Indians and humanity, he will always be a guru.”
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