Chandigarh administration invited suggestions from the residents for developing education standards in the Union Territory. The ideas/suggestions were invited for discussion on the national web portal mygov.in and could help the administration to submit its views for framing the National Education Policy. The discussion forum recorded a number of suggestions, primarily focused on developing infrastructure in government schools.
The ‘City Beautiful’ was developed as first planned city after the independence and is home to numerous renowned education institutions. Some major institutes include Panjab University, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Government Medical College & Hospital, Punjab Engineering College Deemed University, DAV College and Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management etc. Students from across the world have been opting Chandigarh for studying in these reputed institutions. there are a total of 107 government schools in Chandigarh and many of them are at par with best schools.
The suggestions for National Education Policy submitted by the city residents include several upgradations like virtual classrooms in all model & government schools, skill development centre for lesser privileged children, fine art courses and video conferencing to connect with best teachers across the nation. The residents also raised their voice for introducing crash courses to develop technical skills.
In one comment, a resident mentioned that fine art courses for developing skills in music, singing, dancing etc should be introduced. This would further engage children in constructive work after school hours and they would stay away from nefarious activities, he advocated. He further pointed that finding right tutor is also important for such courses and since the MP Kirron Kher hail from Bollywood background, it would not be a problem in adopting this idea.
Another resident submitted his opinion that private schools should compulsorily educate all children and the drop-out rate should be nullified in the City.
Students should be given enough exposure to computers, mathematics, science and moral science for overall development and it should be the part of new policy, residents suggested.
An idea also came out that the administration should open a skill development centre to provide lesser privileged people with on-hand experience in vocational courses like plumbing, carpentry, etc.