Warangal, Feb.23 (Maxim News): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu exhorted Union and State governments to compulsorily link employment up to level with local languages to promote the use of mother tongues in the country.
Inaugurating the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Andhra Vidyabhi Vardhani (AVV) Educational Institutions in Warangal today, the Vice President stressed the need to promote the use of Indian languages in the administration. “This will not only bring the administration closer to the people, but also help in preservation of our rich linguistic heritage”, he said. Quoting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Naidu said unless a child understands the language of instruction properly, he will not be able to understand the subject being taught in that language.
Stressing the need for value-based education, the Vice President said education should focus on overall development of the students by imparting morals, ethics and age-old civilizational values of the country. A teacher has prominent role after parents in shaping the life of a student, he said. Emphasizing the need to end every kind of social discrimination, the Vice President called for a mindset change in the society. He said the children should be taught to be respectful towards girls and women from an early age. Highlighting that Indian culture shows great respect for women, Venkaiah said it was evident from the fact that all rivers in the country are named after women.
Describing ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ as the essence of Indian culture, Naidu said secularism is in the blood and veins of every Indian and Minorities are more secure in India than any other country in the world. “Respecting all religions and Sarva Dharma Sambhav is our culture and we should continue to follow it”, he added. Appreciating India’s rich spiritual heritage, Naidu said Bharat Mata Ki Jai means the ‘Jai of 130 crore Indians’.
Exhorting the youth to develop 4Cs – Character, Capacity, Conduct and Caliber –, he asked them to be hardworking and disciplined to achieve success in life. He also advised them to shun sedentary lifestyle and keep physically fit. Objecting to some countries’ tendency to comment on India’s internal matters, the Vice President asked them to refrain from advising India on its internal affairs. Pointing out that India was the largest parliamentary democracy, he said it was capable of managing its own affairs.
Expressing concern over the fast depleting water resources, the Vice President stressed the need for protecting lakes and traditional water bodies. “Earlier, every village used to have different water bodies for different purposes, but we neglected these traditional water conservation methods”, he said and appreciated the work being done by the Telangana government for the irrigation development in the State.
On the occasion, the Vice President released a souvenir of the institute and lauded the contributions of philanthropist and founder of AVV institutions Chanda Kanthaiah, particularly his love for Telugu during erstwhile Nizam rule and his initiatives for starting Telugu Medium Schools.
Home Minister Mahamood Ali, Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, State Planning Commission deputy chairman B Vinod Kumar and others were present. (Maxim News)