School syllabus proposed to be reduced to half: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

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The Union minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said, “the school syllabus is proposed to be reduced by half to provide enough time to students to develop their talents.”

While addressing the gathering at the inauguration ceremony of fourth ‘Kala Utsav (Festival of Arts)’ at colourful function at the National Bal Bhavan in New Delhi, he said, ‘Present day students are bogged down so much in studies right from eighth standard onwards that they have no time to spare for manifesting and nurturing their talents.”

He further said, “26 crore students in schools and another four crores in colleges are our assets and they are the future.” 

The Minister also said that teachers have a big responsibility of identifying and nurturing the talents in the students and encouraging them. 

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Hrushikesh Senapaty, the Director of National Council of Educational Research and Training said that that the Kala Utsav National Competition is a unique initiative to show case the artistic talents of school students at the national level.

More than 370 children of all states (except Karnataka) and Union Territories are participating in the four-day event.

Kala Utsav National Competition was launched in 2015 with a view to promote arts in education by nurturing and show casing the artistic talents of school students, children with special needs too will have the opportunity to display their talents.