Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday launched the “Rashtra Vidya Chaitanya Uthsavalu-2011” on the occasion of the 123rd birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at the People’s Plaza, Necklace Road. The Chief Minister told the large gathering of students, teachers and parents that efforts should be made to ensure that every child goes to school.
The Chief Minister said that proper education could ensure a good future and independent life. He claimed that the State Government was spending Rs 2500 crore on the education sector. Focus has been laid on the upgradation of schools’ infrastructure. “To fulfil the dreams of great visionaries like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who was also the first Education Minister of India, we should see that every child goes to school. Parents should understand that there is no other alternative other than educating their children,” he said.
The Chief Minister recalled that the State Government have launched many initiatives in the Education sector, particularly in the rural areas. He said during the Education Fortnight many infrastructure facilities particularly for schools, were inaugurated. By seeing the hundreds of students at People’s Plaza, the Chief Minister refreshed his memories. “This is the best part of your life. Enjoy the student life to the maximum. Be happy. You have no worries like us. You are free of tensions. Hence you all must enjoy the student life,” he said.
Earlier the Chief Minister inaugurated Exhibition stalls on the “Rashtra Vidya Chaitanya Uthsavalu-2011” organised by the Rajiv Vidya Mission and also released balloons to mark the occasion. The Chief Minister also garlanded the portrait of late Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He then lit the lamp to inaugurate the Education Festival. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s message was read out on the occasion. The Chief Minister released posters, pamphlets, CDs on the One Year’s programme on “Rashtra Vidya Chaitanya Uthsavalu”.
Primary Education department principal secretary Chandana Khan informed that nealry one lakh drop outs have been re-admitted in schools and around 50,000 more children have been identified for re-admission. Minister for Primary Education Dr S Sailajanath also spoke.
Although the event was to mark the birth anniversary of Moulana Abul Kalaam Azad, the State Government has completely ignored Urdu language on this occasion. Urdu was not used on a single banner and none of the speeches or quotes were in Urdu, despite the fact the Urdu is the second official language of the State. (INN)