NEW DELHI: The government is committed to strengthening and modernizing the school and higher education system in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said today, emphasizing that education lays the foundation for building the future of the nation.
"Education provides the foundation for building the future of the nation. My government is committed to strengthening and modernizing the school and higher education system in the country," The president said the government had approved creation of A National Testing Agency’s - an autonomous and self-sufficient organization to conduct all examinations of higher educational institutions in the country. " Urging people to become partners in the development process of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said that there should partnership between citizens and the government. In his maiden address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, President Kovind said that people and the government should work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society.
“Our nation has been built by a partnership between citizen and government, between individual and society, between a family and the wider community,” he said in the address to the nation. The President said that while the government had taken policy decisions to build toilets under the Swachh Bharat initiative, enable communication infrastructure, and save the girl child, it was only through a partnership between citizens and the government that the benefits of these programmes would reach all sections of people. A compassionate society where the traditionally disadvantaged, whether SCs (Scheduled Castes), STs (Scheduled Tribes) or OBCs (Other Backward Classes), are part of our national developmental process. A compassionate and egalitarian society that does not discriminate on gender or religious background,” Kovind explained. The President said that a strong partnership between citizens and the government will enable the country to meet the goals of New India. Kovind further said that people have to come together to build a compassionate society that equips young people by promoting accessible, affordable and world-class educational institutions. Drawing people’s attention to the importance of education, the President said that citizens should come together to help less-privileged children get educated. “The single most critical factor for building our nation is to equip our coming generation. We need to ensure that not one child is left behind,” he said, adding that everyone was a stakeholder in the mission to become a “fully educated” society.