Achieving Universal Education
Achieving Universal Education
The importance and necessity of education cannot be underestimated. With this belief in mind, fair and free access to high-quality education for all is among Mr. Scindia’s foremost priorities.
- Equality and Access: Scindia believes that it is the government’s prerogative to offer learning and outcome-based education to every child, regardless of social or economic background. He strives to counter the obstacles to access to education and helping every child attain education from primary school to college.
- Primary Education: Learning must begin at an early age and the habit of gaining knowledge must be inculcated must start with quality primary education. Mr. Scindia is committed to ensuring that there are primary education schools that offer good and affordable education to children across the state. He aims to make these centres hubs for the creative and intellectual development of young minds.
- Higher Education: Madhya Pradesh grapples with the problem of high dropout rates, especially with girls. However, Mr. Scindia believes that it is crucial to adopt measures to ensure that students are incentivized to stay in school and complete their education. The first step is to build accessible higher education institutes that offer education and facilities at par with international standards, and that adequately set up their students with the skills and knowledge necessary to seek employment and become active, aware and resourceful citizens.
- Skill-based/Vocational Training: Scindia understands that the root of India’s lack of growth in education and employment lies in a discord in the current education system, between the demand for jobs and the skills gained from the education system. Thus, his focus has been to develop channels that allow today’s generation to equip themselves better and prepare themselves for post-graduation employment. A holistic developmental approach across the social and infrastructure sectors is his key to skilling today’s youth. Vocational training forms an essential part of his strategy to build links between the industries and educational institutions, so as to ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to seek employment and can fill the gaps and needs of industry.
- Fair Compensation to Teachers: In recent years, Madhya Pradesh has seen an outburst of protests by teachers, enraged by unfair treatment and inadequate compensation. Contract teachers have long been asking for the regularized of their employment, but the government has failed to fulfill their fair demands. To add to this, there is a scarcity of teachers and schooling facilities in the state. We have seen schools in toilets and some by the roadside. Evidently, such despicable educational provisions are absolutely unacceptable. With education as a top priority, Mr. Scindia aims to ensure that teachers are fairly compensated and that there is adequate infrastructure and facilities for education.
Towards achieving this goal of education for all Mr. Scindia has made a number of interventions in his constituency. His approach to these projects have consistently adopted international best practices in order to transform the region on par with global standards:
- Educational Institutions: Over the years, Mr. Scindia has undertaken over 50 projects at a cost of over Rs. 500 cr, targeted for the access to and enhancement of education in his constituency. He has set up a range of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Model Schools across the length and breadth of Guna, Ashoknagar and Shivpuri, to ensure that no student has to travel far to seek education. In addition, he established a colleges ranging from vocational training centres to engineering institutes to makes higher education accessible. And to encourage education of the girl child, Mr. Scindia has paid special attention to setting up girls hostels in various institutes.
- Vocational Training: Having invested over Rs. 130 cr in vocation training, Mr. Scindia has set-up a range of dedicated centres in various parts of his constituency. In July 2010, he set up the Vocational Training Centre in Guna – a joint venture between IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) and GAIL. Its primary purpose has been to equip young adults with the skills required to connect them with the mainstream job market. Many students who joined the Centre have progressed to employment in prominent multinational companies like Whirlpool, Electrolux, and Dominos. Mr. Scindia also established of the first Engineering Colleges of NTPC and a Medical College in Shivpuri, a training centre of the National Power Training Institute, a Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) – one of the seven FDDIs in the country, and a Spice Park. All these ventures have strategically and specifically trained the youth of the region, guiding them in the direction of stable and resourceful employment.