“Education will be the single biggest transformative factor in catapulting India into the league of developed nations. It is education that will establish us firmly as a knowledge society.” President, Pranab Mukherjee, President of India recently said.
The Government of India has been working consistently in this direction, and in fact in 2009 the landmark “Right to Free & Compulsory Education Act” was passed by the Government. This Act entitles all children between the ages of 6-14 years, free and compulsory elementary education. It is based on principles of equity and non-discrimination.
All states are working towards this objective, and Kerala is one state that is ranked among the most literate and educationally progressive states in the country.
Kerala was also the first state to introduce Information Technology as a subject at High School level. The state is now moving towards IT Enabled Education. The initiative taken by Kerala is now influencing other states and Karnataka and Gujarat are also planning to introduce Free Software in their schools.
In Karnataka, Bangalore has evolved as one of the global education hubs in India, having a number of International schools. These schools come under the purview of Indian education board such as ICSE and CBSE, as well as international boards like IB and IGCSE.
These international schools focus more on the holistic education for their students rather than just focusing on rote-learning, and Treamis is one such school.
Earlier too Bangalore has had a proud lineage, and the first engineering college(UVCE) in Karnataka was started by the then Diwan of Mysore Sir M. Visvesvaraya in 1917 in Bangalore. It was the fifth engineering college to be started in the country at that time.
As Maulana Azad, our first Minister of Education said, and whose birth anniversary we celebrate as “National Education Day” every Nov 11, “Education imparted from the heart can bring a revolution in society.”
Let us all work towards achieving that!