Sibal asks states to submit their vision report on higher education:
Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday asked all state governments
to provide a detailed report of their objectives in the field of
higher education by 2020 within a three month deadline.
Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Saturday justified the
scrapping of the Class 10 board examination, saying the government
was trying to evolve a system where a child's performance is tested
in a wholesome manner and not just from books.
the performance of the child, he or she must go through a continuous
process, spread the breadth of the horizon of knowledge and move
beyond text books, he said here after inaugurating the 19th World
Book Fair at the Pragati Maidan here.
The minister was
replying to a question posed by his former teacher and historian
Irfan Habib that he could not understand why the Class 10 board
examination was done away with.
Sibal said: As a
boy, I was brought up on the knowledge found not in text books but
far beyond it - to allow continuous discourse to take place in my
"Knowledge is a
form of communication and a child must absorb it and challenge it.
And books are a form of understanding that plethora of knowledge",
government leader said that whenever we talk of universities, we
talk about engineering colleges, medical colleges and science
"But what India
really needs is the world class liberal art university, which has
nothing to do with science, but focuses on social sciences,
developmental economics, English literature, History and
contemporary issues that confront the country", he added.
The nine-day day
book fair, organised by the National Book Trust (NBT), has 35
foreign publishers exhibiting books from 15 countries.
Spread over an area of 42,000 square metres, the fair has 2,400
stalls and 1,199 participants, besides representation from
international bodies like the ILO, WHO and the Unesco.