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MUHAMMAD MUTAHHAR AMIN
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SOCIETY A recently launched book on moral education gives more responsibility to the government and the parents for imparting moral education

The social fabric of India which is governed by ideologies advocating ideas of Pitru deva bhava and Matru deva bhava for the past 2000 years has begun to feel the adversaries of modernisation and materialisation. The ‘old’ of this ‘youthful’ country have been the most affected. Parental abuse, ignorance and abandonment have been on the rise for the past several decades and lack of moral education in our institutions is said to be the major cause.

Aiming to reinstate moral values in education, Prof R.S. Rajput and Prof R.K Dixit have written Shiksha Mein Mulyon ke Sarokar which was unveiled by Kumari Selja, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, at a function organised by HelpAge India at India International Centre recently.

Speaking to an audience which mostly comprised senior citizens, Prof Rajput, former Director NCERT, said that the book talks about the necessity of morals in education focussing on the issues of the elderly. “The issues of the old have recently cropped up in our society which was characterised by strong familial ties. This book lays emphasis on developing morals in youth through the medium of education as they are the ones who are going to lead the country in future,” he says. Rajput impresses upon the Government to take measures to improve education as it plays pivotal role in the character building of the youth. “The Government has, unfortunately, withdrawn from the education sector during the last three decades which has led to the deterioration of the sector,” Rajput comments.

Dixit in his address shed light on the contents of the book. “The book deals with values in education and ways to impart them through formal or informal education. “ The book has seven chapters with special emphasis given on the role of a teacher in the same,” he reveals. Teachers, according to him, should impart values concurrently with other subjects as each discipline has a dose of morality in it.

Kumari Selja expressed immense pleasure on releasing the book. She termed 21st century as a watershed era with respect to the demographic nature of India. “Due to increase in the life expectancy, the population of senior citizens is on the rise. We have to make sure that they are not treated as a burden but as a part of our progress,” she stated. She praised the efforts of Prof Rajput, Prof Dixit and HelpAge India for the initiative and also gave an outlook of different policies of the government regarding the senior citizens. She also stressed that the role of parents is cardinal towards moral education of their wards. “Due to ever increasing workload of the parents, they have abdicated their responsibilities towards their child in favour of the teachers who, unfortunately, can’t cope up with it,” she added.

The function was also addressed by Matthew Cherain, CEO HelpAge India, who listed out programmes and events conducted by HelpAge India for the senior citizens. He also thanked Kitab Ghar India for publishing the book free of cost.

MUHAMMAD MUTAHHAR AMIN

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