Pune: 20 percent of GDP should be spent on education; Mathematician Prof. Opinion of Manjul Bhargava | leader

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Pune; Leading News Service: Mathematician and member of the National Curriculum Steering Committee, Prof. India should aim to spend 20 percent of the Gross National Income (GDP) on education and there is a need to increase the expenditure on pre-primary education. Presented by Manjul Bhargava. Savitribai Phule Pune University organized a seminar on ‘Sustainability of Basic Literacy and Numeracy through Blended Education’ on the occasion of the fourth meeting of the G-20 Education Working Group, during which Prof. Manjul was talking.

Union Minister of State for Education, External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh inaugurated the program. State Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, Union Higher Education Secretary Sanjay Murthy, Union School Education Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Union Skill Development Secretary Atul Kumar, UNICEF Chief of Education Terry Durnian, University Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh Gosavi and others were present.

Prof. Manjul said, ‘Education should be done through mother tongue for eight years. Education in mother tongue develops comprehension skills. The age group three to eight is important in the learning process. Because, at this age, 85 percent of a child’s brain is developing. This has also been emphasized in the National Education Policy.

The government should pay special attention to this age group. Students who do not receive pre-primary education fall behind. Balanced diet and health needs to be emphasized for students. This will reduce the dropout rate.’ It is important to develop an interesting, creative, inquiry-based curriculum, introducing different languages ​​at an early age. Continuous training of teachers is necessary, said Prof. Manjul explained.

‘Regulations are needed for the education technology sector’

Although technology is available today, there is no substitute for face-to-face communication. Technology should be tested on small groups before it is used on a large scale. Private companies are huge in the field of education technology. Therefore, the government should implement regulations to prevent commercialization in this sector, said Prof. Manjul explained.

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