Making a pitch for producing strong teachers in big numbers, PM Narendra Modi asked his Cabinet to explore the possibility of running courses where students can opt for a career in teaching after passing Class XII.
Modi was speaking on the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus, after launching the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Training, a programme of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. The Centre on Wednesday decided to award Bharat Ratna to Malaviya, founder of BHU, and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Modi said many students take admission in teacher training programmes when they fail to get other jobs they desire. “Can a course be started for those students who want to become teachers from the very beginning? They could be taught about child psychology, counselling and developing friendly relations with students,” Modi said.
He said there is need of several lakh good teachers across the world and India can provide skilled teachers by “improving teaching quality and capability”. “The National Mission on Teachers and Training has been launched with the same vision to develop good quality teachers,” Modi said.
Modi also laid the foundation of a Inter-University Centre and launched the campus wi-fi at BHU in presence of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Union Minister of State for Culture and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma.
While launching the Sanskriti Mahotsav, Modi said that such events will give an impetus to tourism.
The PM spoke of the recent adoption of International Yoga Day by the United Nations and said that a record number of 177 countries had supported India’s resolution.
Later addressing a gathering after the commencement of expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Work in city, the PM declared that the Indian Railways would not be privatised. He asserted that his aim was to ensure that the modernisation and growth of Railways is facilitated through private investment.
The PM began his tour of Varanasi by garlanding statue of Madan Mohan Malaviya installed at entrance of BHU. He then moved to Assi Ghat and inspected the cleanliness campaign he had started there on November 8. He also participated in cleanliness drive at Jagannath Gali near Assi Ghat. To take ahead the campaign, Modi nominated nine people including comedian Kapil Sharma, former cricketer Sourav Ganguly and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
From Varanasi, Modi connects with Gujarat
AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday beamed through nearly 200 LED screens across 20 districts in Gujarat via video conferencing from Varanasi, as he launched the Shramik Kalyan Mela, a dedicated scheme for empowerment of the unorganised labour sector by the Gujarat government.
As Modi began his speech, praising one of the first initiatives of the Anandiben Patel government, the crowd mostly of labourers from various sectors, cheered the former CM who said he was “happy to connect with people of Gujarat from Kashi”. Good Governance Day”. He spoke in Gujarat during his nearly 20 minute speech. ENS