Itanagar, July 16: Arunachal Pradesh governor Lt Gen. (retd.) Nirbhay Sharma today called for streamlining and strengthening the education sector to “improve the overall socio-economic development of the state and its people”.
Presiding over a meeting to discuss the development of the education sector in the state at Raj Bhavan here, Sharma said Arunachal has a small population and can hence improve its literacy rate with efforts of all stakeholders.
Arunachal’s population is 13.84 lakh according to the 2011 census and has a population density of just 17, the lowest in the country. The average literacy rate in the state stands at 65.38 percent, lower than the national average of 74.04 percent.
Speaking at the meeting, Sharma advised heads of educational institutes in attendance to explore methods to improve the education scenario in the state, emphasizing on instilling “scientific temperament amongst the younger generation along with the esprit de corps and sportsmanship”.
Underscoring the importance of computer literacy, he suggested maximum usage of Internet and e-knowledge methods, especially in providing refresher and orientation courses for teaching faculty.
The governor’s suggestion to make better use of technology in the education sector comes two days after chief minister Nabam Tuki told education department officials here that better technologically aided education would help the state which is plagued by communication bottlenecks and geographical hurdles.
Sharma said elders and teachers must provide a “healthy, safe and conducive environment” to students to enable them to develop pride for their own culture and traditions. He urged all educationists to facilitate career counselling, extra curriculum activities “so that each individual achieves his fullest growth and potential”.
He also expressed concern on the increasing challenges resulting from “drastic erosion of moral and ethical values”. Sharma called for concrete steps to “rationalise unsettled minds of students, widen horizons, inflame intellect and teach them to think critically with dynamism”.