‘Modern edn system not equipped to build students’ character’
   Date :23-Nov-2021

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NEW DELHI :
 
Modern education system tends to focus only on the ‘utilitarian’ function of education while true education is the one which imbibes moral values and virtues of humility, discipline, selflessness, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and mutual respect, says CJI Ramana
 
 
CHIEF Justice of India N V Ramana on Monday said that the modern education system tends to focus only on the ‘utilitarian’ function of education and it is not equipped to deal with the moral and spiritual function which builds the character of the students. Justice Ramana said this while delivering the 40th convocation address of the Andhra Pradesh-based Sri Sathya Sai Institute for Higher Learning. He said: “Unfortunately, the modern education system tends to focus only on the ‘utilitarian’ function of education. Such a system is not equipped to deal with the ‘moral’ or ‘spiritual’ function of education which builds the character of our students and allows them to develop a social consciousness and a sense of responsibility.”
 
He added that true education is the one which imbibes moral values and virtues of humility, discipline, selflessness, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and mutual respect. “You will have to deal with people from different walks of life that may occasionally challenge you. But be tolerant.
 
Hold onto certain core values as you walk through this journey of life, and experience all the richness it can offer you”, said Justice Ramana. Lauding the university’s founder Sathya Sai Baba, the CJI said: “Education in this prestigious Institution has inculcated both ethical and moral values in students. He promoted a combination of ‘worldly learning’ and ‘spiritual learning’. This philosophy radiates in this institution. It flows from our rich mythology and Vedic philosophy.” He emphasised that as educated individuals, “you have the responsibility to enrich the society and they must educate all those around, and empower people, communities, and societies”.