New Delhi: The work being done in education by the Delhi government is the need of the hour, former president Pranab Mukherjee said. While addressing Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s book launch on Teacher’s Day, Mukherjee said that Delhi attracts the largest number of students from across the country.
Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia launched his book ‘Shiksha: A Journey’ in the capital on Thursday night. The book documents his experiences as an education minister in transforming the public education system in Delhi. The event also saw Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and chief secretary Vijay Kumar Dev in attendance.
“How people see the work that is being done, I won't comment on it. Delhi is attracting the largest number of students from all of the country and has the largest number of universities. In education, the work being done by you (the government) is the need of the country," Mukherjee said.
He said that being the capital and a prototype of the country, people look towards Delhi for inspiration.
In 2015, as President, Mukherjee, on invitation of Kejriwal and Sisodia, had taken a class on the constitution for two consecutive years. Before entering politics, Mukherjee was a professor in West Bengal.
Sisodia spoke of the dissatisfaction felt by the Delhi government upon seeing the underachieving government schooling system and the decision undertaken by them to uplift the state of government schools in Delhi.
“The aim has been to completely eradicate the difference between a government school and a private school. Providing quality education and entrepreneurial mindset to our children has been our priority," said Sisodia.
“The work done by the Delhi government to improve the quality of education being imparted has been recognised not only by our own state but has set an example for the entire country," Sisodia added.
Education has been a key focus of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led state government. Addressing the launch, Kejriwal said that the government worked on a three-step strategy to fix the education sector including infrastructure, teacher training and curriculum. He said the transformation has created a difference for government school teachers.
“AAP’s focus has always been on education. 25% of our budget has been allocated to education. The objective is to enable and empower students to an extent where they can sustain themselves and also provide to the nation", said Kejriwal.