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Vice-President Highlights India’s Educational Legacy and SOL’s Role in Inclusivity at DU’s Foundation Day

The Vice-President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar today underscored India’s historical eminence as the epicentre of knowledge and education, and asserted that the country is firmly on its way to regain its past glory.

Mentioning the illustrious legacy of institutions like Nalanda and Takshashila, Vice-President highlighted the paradigm shift & resurgence in India’s educational landscape in contemporary times.

Addressing the gathering at the 62nd Foundation Day Celebration of the School of Open Learning (SOL), University of Delhi, Vice-President applauded SOL for providing a transformative platform for diverse range of learners, from varied walks of life including working professionals, homemakers and students.

He further emphasized that SOL has opened doors for those previously handicapped by circumstances, enabling them to pursue education without disrupting their routine. Shri Dhankhar commended SOL for offering a second chance to those who missed formal education earlier, empowering marginalized communities through knowledge and skills, thereby fostering an environment of true inclusivity. Shri Dhankhar further emphasized the pivotal role of faculty over infrastructure in shaping the essence and quality of educational institutions.

Highlighting Education as the most impactful transformational mechanism for change, Shri Dhankhar asserted that education is not merely a means to acquire knowledge; rather, it is the cornerstone of progress, empowerment, and social transformation. It is the key that unlocks the door to progress, prosperity, and empowerment. “Education is the greatest right and donation. There can be no fundamental right greater than education and no donation can be greater than education”, he added.

Drawing inspiration from the Chandrayaan journey where after initial setback it made a smooth landing on the south pole of the moon, Shri Dhankhar urged students to consider failure as a key to success. He underscored the need for a resilient mindset in navigating the complexities of the modern world.

Highlighting the pivotal role of The New Education Policy (NEP) in Indian Educational Landscape, Shri Dhankhar Stated that NEP heralds a transformative change, charting a roadmap for holistic learner development and creating a knowledgeable society equipped for the 21st century challenges. He underscored the emphasis of NEP on flexible learning pathways, technology integration, recognizing diverse needs and aspirations

He further expressed confidence that institutions like the School of Open Learning will play a pivotal role in expanding access to quality education and bridging long-standing gaps, as envisioned by NEP.

Prof. Yogesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, Prof. Payal Mago, Director, Campus of Open learning, University of Delhi, faculty members, students and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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