Invest in education, it has great dividends for country & society: Sachin Pilot

GURGAON: Investment in education is an investment for the future that has very high dividends for the nation and the society, said Congress member and former deputy CM of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot on Friday.
Pilot, who was in the city to attend the annual convocation of the Gurgaon Progressive Schools Council (GPSC) stressed the need for a “policy push” in education to become future-ready.
“Investment in other avenues, say infrastructure, is cash-intensive and depreciating. But investment in education has great dividends. Thus, the policies should prioritise education. Also, education in current times has gone through challenging times, which demands policies to be realistic and futuristic. That should be the focus of the policymakers,” said Pilot.
The 21st edition of the convocation that saw the participation of over 52 schools in the city, including the frontline ones, centered around the confluence of schola-tertiary-industry.
The day also saw a series of panel discussions.
“Today’s world is very dynamic and that should be factored in during the classroom transactions to encourage new ideas, innovations, and empathy,” said CBSE director (academics) Joseph Emmuel.
“In the 21st century, we need students who can come up with innovative ideas and creative approaches towards solving problems in society,” GPSC chairperson and Suncity School director Rupa Chakravarty said.
Before the convocation kicked off, a series of round table presentations were held. Students, teachers, and parent representatives from different schools shared their views on various topics. The upshots of these presentations were presented by the heads of the schools during the conference. White papers of these presentations would be submitted to the Ministry of Education.
Besides, schools also discussed the role of technology such as ChatGPT in shaping up the school ecosystem and how it can be leveraged for new-age skills.
“This was a one-stop center for the leading schools, educators, policymakers, and students to come forward and discuss the changing times and emerging needs in education,” said Charu Maini, GPSC vice-chairperson and principal of DAV School, Sector-49.
Reiterating the argument, Rashmi Malik, GPSC treasurer, and Salwan Public School principal, said, “The past two years of the pandemic has brought about many changes in the way education is imparted. Education is increasingly technology-driven and AI-based technological support such as ChatGPT can be leveraged to the advantage.”