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Value-based education can reboot Punjab: Dr Manmohan Singh

Value-based education can reboot Punjab: Dr Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Apr 9 (UNI) Expressing his concern over adverse impact of the drug menace in Punjab in the youth of the state, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that there was an immense need for value-based education which would not only rehabilitate the youth but also make them aware of their rich history, culture and heritage. Speaking at the launch of a book “Mission to Reboot Punjab Through Value Based Education”, written by Baba Iqbal Singh here last evening, Dr Singh said “today Sikh youth are mislead by the evils and have forgotten their pride. Value-based education can reboot them.” Dr Singh also praised Baba Iqbal Singh -- a visionary, educationist, and a philanthropist--who had opened charitable 129 schools and two universities across Punjab and through these schools, along with scientific, moral education is being imparted. The model of the schools is based of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and self-sufficient in nature. Speaking at the event, Isher Judge Ahluwalia, leading economist and chairperson of Indian Council of Research of International Economics, said that along with moral, emphasis should also on the environmental education. “They work on the environment friendly and green energy model and around 10 per cent of them have installed solar panels. Moreover a consciousness among the students to reduce the waste and recycle it is created,” Dr Ahluwalia said. Industralist Sunil Kant Munjal said that in order to cover a much wider canvas and to transform the society in whole, the schools focus on students belonging to rural background. “These schools target the rural students, who are the worst affected from the drug-menace and to bring such students to schools, bus service are being provided by the school authorities,” Munjal said. Highlighting the prevailing issue of drug addiction amongst the youth and appreciating the noble work done by Baba Iqbal Singh, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said “It’s sad to see the current state of affairs in Punjab. Today, the youth of Punjab is being influenced and misled by the evil elements. Baba Iqbal Singh’s relentless commitment and work towards rehabilitation and education is a blessing which is, truly and surely bringing in a positive change. ” Apart from Dr Manmohan Singh, the event was graced by the presence of Manpreet Singh Badal (Finance Minister, Punjab), Isher Judge Ahluwalia (Economist), Sunil Kant Munjal (Senior Advocate), Pankaj Pachauri (ex-media advisor to PM), Manjit Singh GK (President Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee), Tarlochan Singh (ex-MP Rajya Sabha), Bhavdeep Singh (Fortis Healthcare), RS Sodhi (MD, Amul India) and DK Sharma (former Seceratry. The book launch saw educationists, bureaucrats, politicians, industrialists and influencers come under one roof to pledge for eradicating the drug menace from Punjab and contributing in regaining the state’s lost glory. UNI PS/AR SNU 1602

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