Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: The Pondicherry University will soon start a nursery school on the campus with 20 to 25 students, Vice Chancellor of the University J.A.K. Tareen said on Monday.

Shortly after inaugurating a three-day training programme for officers in leadership and general management competencies organised by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Chennai region, he said, “We have already established a day care centre and will immediately start a nursery school. Students from outside will also be admitted in the school and we can have a tie-up with Kendriya Vidyalaya.”

He underlined the importance of nursery education in the formative years of children, especially those in the rural areas. “The school drop-out rate in the country was 65 per cent. This was reduced to 55 per cent after 60 years of independence. Around 60 to 70 per cent of the country lives in villages and children from rural areas have no access to nursery education, thereby leading to drop-outs,” he pointed out. The school drop-out rate would never come down unless nursery education was made mandatory. All schools should be attached with nursery schools, Mr. Tareen insisted.

Talking about the role of teachers today, he said, “The most important thing for teachers is to inculcate unity in the children. They must prepare these young children to be different in a way where there is acceptance, tolerance, love, respect and unity. The children need to develop love with each other irrespective of caste, creed, colour and unity.”

He called upon the teachers to start debating on how to bring creativity into the educational system.

Assistant Commissioner of KVS, Chennai region E. Prabhakar said, “The role of teachers is not only in transaction of curriculum in classrooms but also to mould the character of the students and build future citizens. They should develop leadership qualities and life skills in the students.”

Director of Culture and Cultural Relations of the University A. Balasubramanian said school Principals should be both aggressive and progressive.

The programme would discuss the capabilities for principals and management competences required today.

Principal of KV-I P. Balasubramaiam and Principal of KV-II K.V. Jayajothi spoke on the occasion.