CHIEF SECRETARY’S MESSAGE
Ladies and gentlemen, our educational system has been a beacon in India and the developing world. However if we are to cope with ever evolving and dynamic times which lie ahead, the cost of education will be immense, if we are not to be left behind. In order that we are on the right side of the divide, the new requirements will necessitate that we restructure and find ways to deliver relevant and high quality education which meet the needs of the 21st century without altering the basic social principles which have got us this far.
Let me also express my appreciation to JATF for giving me this opportunity to be a part of a noble cause on a subject which most will concede is of paramount importance. I will focus firstly on what is required from our educational system if it is to be the pivot of accelerated economic growth and development in the 21st century, secondly on the sectoral and strategic areas of emphasis which future global and regional trends indicate to be necessary and thirdly the implications for public and private financing of meeting these objectives.
In addition to the economic benefits, education, by producing knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes, is also essential to social and human development and there is general agreement that there are tremendous public benefits from education, both in the sense of contributing to a literate work force, and in instilling socialising behavior which make for a well-woven socio-economic fabric. Education supports good governance, since an educated population is more likely to see the benefits of, and therefore comply with laws and regulations, and is more inclined to understand and accept difficult policy decisions.
The importance of education is therefore unassailable; the issue often is what should be delivered, how it should it be delivered and who should fund its delivery. It is important that we project what the world will be like so that we plan our educational system accordingly as these international, regional and national developments will require the repositioning of India’s educational and training approaches.
To take our place at the table in the 21st Century, this monumental leap forward in education has to be financed. Given that there are government budget constraints and competing claims on government expenditures, and that other sectors need to share in the benefits of government expenditures, choices need to be made. With JATF JELF, this is a small initiative for this big cause which would help not only the person who is supported in getting education, required skill sets, higher education etc., but it will lead to overall improvement in his family, his social ecosystem and society at large , thus to conclude we can say ultimately EDUCATION WINS!!
Finally I feel grateful to work for a social selfless cause of empowering education to the community at large and feel blessed to be designated as Chief Secretary of JATF under the mighty umbrella of JITO. Along with this comes more responsibilities which I am sincerely committed for, with a sense of everlasting optimism and enthusiasm.
Lastly I conclude with the saying that “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn” Alvin Toffler