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Tribute: The former member of the Planning Commission L.C. Jain inaugurating the Teachers’ Day celebrations in Mysore on Saturday.
Tribute: The former member of the Planning Commission L.C. Jain inaugurating the Teachers’ Day celebrations in Mysore on Saturday.

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Mysore: Lamenting the lack of importance given to education and poor budgetary allocation made to the sector, the former member of the Planning Commission L.C. Jain, has called for reversing the trend. He said this while delivering a talk on “The role of teachers today – reflecting the light of Dr. Radhakrishnan and Mahatma Gandhi” organised by the University of Mysore to mark Teachers Day celebrations here on Saturday.

Mr Jain, who was also the former Ambassador of India to South Africa, said the best tribute to Dr. Radhakrishnan or celebrating Teachers’ Day was to ensure that every child in India goes to school and gets education. “The universalisation of elementary education in India was contemplated by the Union Government in 1950 and had a timeframe of 10 years to achieve the goal. But even after over 60 years of independence, universal primary education is yet to become a reality,” said Mr. Jain.

Noting the dearth of teachers due to non-recruitment, Mr. Jain said this would result in deprivation of education to students and would hurt the future of the new generation. Not many are aware of this growing deprivation which will have repercussions in the years to come, he added.

Mr. Jain said that as there is dearth of teachers in most institutions students cannot be expected to even complete their high school and enrolling for postgraduate courses would remain a dream for them and hence such deprivation should not be tolerated.

While a section of the population had access to higher education, a majority of them were dropping out and this should be analysed and the process reversed, otherwise it will have negative consequences. It is here that teachers have an important role to play, said Mr. Jain.Recalling that he had delivered a similar lecture many years ago and had spoken about the poor budgetary allocation, Mr. Jain regretted that the scenario had not altered considerably ever since.

He recalled the concept of education as visualised by Mahatma Gandhi and said the latter’s dream and vision of education for all was yet to be realised. The Mahatma’s concept can materialise only if there is enrolment of every child to school and would also be a befitting tribute to Dr. Radhakrishnan, said Mr. Jain.

The University of Mysore had identified 33 teaching staff for felicitation for their contribution to the teaching profession. This included the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry Central University J.A.K. Tareen, Member secretary of the Karnataka State Council for Higher Education B.R. Ananthan, and Mewa Singh, Raja Ramanna Fellowship awardee.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore V.G. Talawar presided over the function.

The former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University P. Venkatramaiah and Development Economist and activist Devaki Jain were present.

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