Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Monday said “dissent was agreeable, not disintegration”, and that there could be no attack on the integrity of the country. He also lamented the state of Indian education and said it needed to be “reimagined and re-engineered”.
Addressing the 95th Convocation of Delhi University, he referred to the February 9, 2016, event at JNU where alleged anti-national slogans were raised, and said, “We must also care for the unity and integrity of the country… Some people debate — I have freedom, I will do this, I will do that. I will celebrate this man, Afzal Guru. We have no problems in celebrating anybody, but if you want to celebrate someone who wants to destroy Parliament, someone who wants to attack the Constitution, is it a celebration?”
“Dissent is agreeable but not disintegration. You have no right to attack the integrity of the country. Debate, discuss, dissent, not disrupt. This applies to parliamentarians also. I tell the House (Rajya Sabha) to discuss, debate and decide. Do not disrupt. Be constructive, not destructive. Unite, not divide,” he said.
Naidu said there needed to be a “change in the curriculum, teaching methodology, examination system, technology tools used and research”.
“This ‘one size fits all’ approach got us so far, but will not take us any further. We cannot keep forcing the same syllabus on a student who excels in Science and a student who is a savant in music. It is also a cause for concern that there is very little original research coming out of India,” he said.