Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedekar, who attended the valedictory of the birth centenary celebrations of the Shivaratri Rajenrda Swamiji in Nanjangud, said that the central government is implementing an open learning system, so as to provide quality education to every citizen.
“Bhakti is the real strength of the country and religious institutions should increase educational institutions. For quality education, we need quality institutions and quality teachers who encourage inquisitiveness. Teachers should dream and they should sow the dreams among children. Even Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has pointed out that India has the biggest gap in talent. Over producing general candidates will not help the nation in any way. We need education for empowerment, and education for emancipation. We need to tap the potential of our youth by honing their skills,” he said.
He also said that education should create interest among students and there should be continuous research which ensures development of the country. “Students prefer to study in foreign institutes as they promote research. There is a need to create such environment in our system.
“The governments fulfill physical needs of the people, spirituality provides a direction to life. Quality institutions such as the ones under the JSS Mahavidyapeetha should guide all other institutions,” he said.
Raya Reddy, who was speaking on politics, said that it has stooped to a new low in the recent past. “It is filled with selfishness and greed. So mutts have the responsibility to serve the society. Traditional skills have to be promoted. The government has brought in various programmes for quality education,” he added. He also urged the JSS mutt heads to open educational institutions in Hyderabad- Karnataka region where access to quality education is restricted.
Union Minister of State for Communications, Manoj Sinha, released the commemorative stamp, face value of Rs 5, on the late seer Shivaratri Rajendra Swami. Cooperative Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad inaugurated the exhibition ‘Sri Rajendra darshan’. Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda presided over the inaugural function. Seers Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, Mummadi Nirvana Swami, Shivamurthy Swami, Chidananda Swami and others were present.