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Museum for India’s educational history tradition: Javadekar

February 1, 2019

The government is working on a proposal for a museum that would depict India’s educational history and tradition that go thousands of years back, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. 

Inaugurating the new building of the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology in Noida, the minister for human resource development said: “It is 10,000 years of history. How did people study earlier and how we progressed later. There was a time when universities of Nalanda, Takshashila and other Indian institutes were in the position where American universities are today, attracting students from all over the world. Earlier, India was the destination and students would come here for knowledge. During years of freedom movement, leaders such as (Bal Gangadhar) Tilak and (Madan Mohan) Malviya opened colleges and schools so that by the time the country achieved freedom, people should be prepared with education. This is our heritage.”

The minister also said the government was working on a policy to bring a change in the nomenclature of “deemed universities” and the word “deemed” removed. “There have been debates and discussions on whether or not to write “deemed to be university”. There are legal aspects involved. But soon we will have a policy to make sure that a university is called university. We will work for that and come out with a solution,” he said.

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