GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - Parents, teachers and the society at large will have to play a primary role in moulding the future of children in order to enable India to secure its rightful place in the comity of nations. This was observed by Dhiren Sarma, philanthropist and NRI engaged in an ambitious project of child development and value-based education.
Sarma, who is the project director of the programme launched in Assam, while addressing the meeting of the Guwahati Senior Citizens' Association (GSCA) at the Pensioners' Bhawan here yesterday, said the three-year-long pilot project would give guidelines for the preparation of appropriate textbooks and trained teachers, besides creating a congenial educational environment in the State.
The meeting held under the presidentship of DN Chakravartty was also addressed by Himashree Hazarika, a senior government official engaged in manpower development.
She dwelt at length on the condition of education in the State and referred to the various programmes initiated by the State government to bring about healthy reforms in the education system.
Hazarika added that character building and skill development are the twin objectives to be supplemented by concerns about attachment to the society as a whole.
Dr Pratap Sarma, Uttam Baruah and Durga Charan Bhagawati while participating in the discussion dwelt at length on the education system introduced by the British in India. They also pointed at the necessity of revolutionary changes in order to build the new generation of Assamese community to compete with the advanced countries of the world.
Krishna Lahkar, member, finance, presented the financial statement of the organisation.
The programme began with a Borgeet presented by Moloya Bharali while Kula Baruah sang a romantic number.