Nagpur: Students should be given in-depth and modern technical education in agriculture for its sustenance as it is the backbone of the country, said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday.
Bhagwat was speaking at a function organized by Sevasadan Education Society to present Ramabai Ranade Shikshan Prabodhan Puraskar 2019. Chairman of Solar Industries India Limited Satyanarayan Nuwal presided. Present at the programme were president of SES Kanchan Gadkari, MLC Nago Ganar, CEO of Vishna Infa Ltd R Shridhar, secretary Indubala Mekuwar and chairperson of the awards committee Vasanti Bhagwat. The RSS chief said it is a matter of concern that the Indians have adopted a tendency to wait for others to bring about a change in society.
This ‘waiting game’ will not pay an dividend and therefore people should come forward on their own to usher in a change for better, he added. There should be an indigenous education system in place so that a trained manpower will be available for a better future. He reiterated that giving technical education to students seeking to study agriculture should be given a push so that they could learn new techniques of farming.
Bhagwat said inclusion of social welfare as a subject in education can go a long way to build a strong society. Similarly, it is of paramount importance that women should be given freedom so that they will empower themselves. Earlier, Abhyudaya Global Village School was presented the Ramabai Ranade Shikshan Prabodhan Puraskar for its contribution to educate children in villages to excel in the field of agriculture entrepreneurship. The award was received by Sachin and Bhagyashree Deshpande, daughter and son-in-law of the founder of AGVS. They were presented a cheque of Rs51,000, sapling and a memento.
The agro-centric school, located 45km from Nagpur, trains children from 18 villages in sustainable agriculture practices. It also aims to change the perception about farming among the youth. Replying to the felicitation, Deshpande said the goal of the school is to create a generation which will not ask for employment but will be capable of giving jobs to others. Nuwal stressed the importance of education for empowerment of women. He pointed out that even after being more educated and aware, the sensitivity of people today is decreasing towards the community and the nation. A souvenir containing articles on education discoveries was also released during the programme.