DEHRADUN: The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the affiliated institutes to observe the 128th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as the National Education Day on November 11. A freedom fighter and an eminent educationist, Azad was the first Union minister of education of independent India.The UGC through a letter posted on its website has stated that the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) wishes that all the universities should be involved in observing the day by organizing various activities centred on the importance of education and the nation’s commitment to all aspects of education.
The CBSE has also asked all the affiliated schools to celebrate the day and organize workshops, rallies on the importance of literacy and education for the well-being of the society.
“The observance of National Education Day on November 11 is in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad for his contribution to the cause of education in India. It is praiseworthy that such a day is being observed,” said Dinesh Bartwal, vice-principal of Doon International School.
Parents hailed the decision to commemorate the noted educationist’s birthday in schools. “It is crucial that youngsters are aware about personalities like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Many students mix him up with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and it is time that they are made aware about many such eminent personalities whose contribution to the nation building is noteworthy,” said Kiran Bisht, a parent.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that schools have also been asked to review their ongoing programme such as community outreach, entrepreneurial projects, vocational skills, life skills and inclusive education while celebrating the day.
[Source:-The Times Of India]