Education experts deliberate the purpose of education 

ST Correspondent
Monday, 2 September 2019

Symposium held in Panchgani was attended by schools from across India and two from Nepal

Bhilar/ Pune: “In order to act effectively in society, individuals must, above all, be imbibed with a strong sense of purpose that impels them both to transform their own selves and to contribute to transformation of society. A two-fold purpose can express itself only through a life of service. Service unites the fulfillment of individual potential with the advancement of society and ensures the integrity of one’s sense of moral purpose,” said Suniti Jha, Head Administrator of New Era High School. 

She was speaking at a symposium organised by the New Era Foundation in Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar taluka, an educational hub. Schools across India attended the symposium. 

The New Era Foundation oversees the New Era High School and the New Era Teacher Training Centre (NETTC). In NETTC, at any one time, over 150 students are being trained as preschool or primary school teachers. 

“With proper education, we can help present and future generations to understand their true purpose of life and so we organised this symposium. Principals, trustees and administrators from 15 schools in Panchgani and 16 schools from West Bengal, Sikkim, Lucknow, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, Noida, UP, MP and two schools from Nepal attended the symposium. The symposium noted that the aim of education is  to assist the students in their spiritual and intellectual growth as individuals and in the development of their capacity to contribute to the transformation of society.

Jha quoted the Founder of Bahá’í Faith, who had said: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom”. Hence, education is the need of humanity to progress towards prosperity – a prosperity which is both material and spiritual, she added. Educational institutions strive to develop human beings who exhibit both academic and spiritual excellence. This generation, is increasingly seeing themselves as active agents of social change, who work for the well-being of individuals and society. Keeping this need of the age in mind, this symposium was organised.  Jha concluded that the representatives of participating institutions from across the country feel  their idea of students’ role in society has been impacted.

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