Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to strengthen democratic heritage: PM


New Delhi, Apr 14 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar had laid a strong foundation strong foundation to move forward and strengthening India’s democratic heritage.

Addressing the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors today via video-conferencing, he stressed that India has been the mother of democracy in the world and democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life.

Talking about the philosophy of Babasaheb, the Prime Minister said that Dr Ambedkar considered knowledge, self-respect and politeness as his three revered deities. “Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights and our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb’, he added.

Mr Modi also said that the National Education Policy has been aimed at fulfilling Dr Radhakrishnan’s vision of education that frees and empowers the student to participate in national development. Education management should be undertaken keeping whole world as a unit but also, focussing on Indian character of education, he added.

Talking about the growing demand for skills in the emerging Aatmnirbhar Bharat, he said that India is being looked upon as future centre of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big data, 3D printing, Virtual Reality and robotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcare and defence sector. To meet the requirement of skills, Indian Institutes of skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country, he informed.

The Prime Minister also informed that the first batch of Indian Institute of Skills has already started in Mumbai. “In 2018, Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM and we want that all universities should be multi-disciplinary as we want to give students flexibility. He called upon the Vice Chancellors to work for this goal.

Elaborating the Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conviction of equal rights and equal opportunity for all, Mr Modi reiterated country’s vow to take the message of Babasaheb to each and every person and measures like Jal Jeevan Mission, free housing, free electricity, support during pandemic and initiatives for women empowerment are taking forward the dreams of Babasaheb.