Saffronisation of education must increase to save our culture, says Nalin

Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, said on Saturday that saffronisation of education must be intensified in Dakshina Kannada.

He was speaking at a function to inaugurate Shree Bharathi Pre-University College here.

He said that there were two issues in education today. One was whether to follow Kannada or English in schools, and other saffronisation of education. “Let anyone discuss it, saffronisation of education must increase, to save our samskaara (culture),” he added.

While there was no dearth of educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada, there was a dearth of Indianised educational institutions, he said. He expressed the hope that the Bharathi college would impart value-based education without commercialising it.

Donation

Mr. Kateel said he would give Rs.5 lakh to government schools and promised to give more funds in the coming years.

Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, said Karnataka was good in education because of government and private schools. For example, Siddaganga, had for many years, been assisting lakhs of students who were now leading independent lives, he said.

Mr. Kageri said that many students received degrees but what mattered was whether they were independent and confident.

“The result of Macaulay’s system of education is limited to getting a certificate. But we need clarity on a perspective on life, our social and national objectives. As Indians, we have to get a perspective on life,” he said.

He told students to work hard and teachers to stay updated so that they could compete effectively at the national-level. “Don’t depend on old notes,” he said.

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