*Shri Udit Prakash Rai and Shri Azimul Haque formally welcomed by the Department of Education today*
* Shri Binay Bhushan and Shri S.S.Gill given farewell by the Department
-*Education is challenging but an extremely crucial department: Shri Manish Sisodia*
-*The credit of new and improved infrastructure of Delhi Government Schools goes to Mr. Binay Bhushan: Deputy Chief Minister*
-*One of the biggest mistakes of our nation is not to focus on education: Sisodia*
-*In digital education, we have achieved a milestone; Other states are far behind us: Shri Manish Sisodia*
-*During COVID-19 pandemic, teachers who produced 98% result contributed a lot in other areas as well: Deputy Chief Minister*
NEW DELHI : 13 August 2020-Today, Mr. Udit Prakash Rai, Director, Directorate of Education, Delhi and Mr. Azimul Haque, Director of Higher Education were formally welcomed in the Department.
Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, and Education Secretary, Manisha Saxena along with the entire team of the Directorate of Education extended a warm welcome to both of the incoming directors. Both the outgoing officers, Mr. Binay Bhushan and Mr. SS Gill, were also given farewell today.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Mr. Binay Bhushan always worked enthusiastically which is reflecting in today’s improved infrastructure of schools. He is the man behind the revamped school buildings we see all over Delhi. He took the initiative from day one and created the blueprint towards this road to success which we have been able to achieve today.” He added, “We have seen seamless coordination among the Department of Education and Higher Education and we expect the same for future so that each other's needs can be known. The Director of Higher Education should be aware of the number of children in the first grade today so that accordingly he can plan that after 12 years, how many seats will be needed in higher education.”
Dy CM Manish Sisodia emphasized on the importance of having good coordination among the Director of Education and Director of Higher Education. He said, “Every year around 2.5 lakh students passes out from schools. Our responsibility is to ensure that every student gets admission in a college. For this, both of our departments need to work closely with each other.” He added, “Our motive is to ensure that no child gets left behind.”
Mr. Sisodia praised Mr. Gill’s contribution and said, “Earlier only 90,000 students passing out from schools could get admission to a college. But with the efforts of Mr. Gill, today 1.30 lakh children are now being admitted.” He said, “We are hopeful that soon we will bridge this remaining gap with the inauguration of Skills and Sports University.”
Mr. Manish Sisodia said, “Education is not something that most people might want but it is something that they need. One of the biggest mistakes of our nation is not to focus on the education sector. The moment we came in power, in the first budget itself, we dedicated 25 percent of our budget for education.”
Mr. Sisodia instructed his District and Zonal officers of the Education Department to start assessing data and use it in planning. He said, “The Happiness Curriculum has been widely accepted now we need to start promoting Entrepreneurship Curriculum as it is showing wonderful results.”
Mr. Manish Sisodia praised all the officers of the Education Department for working extremely hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, “When it comes to digital learning, we have achieved a milestone. We are far ahead of other states. They still have been able to achieve only 10 percent of what we have already achieved.”
Mr. Sisodia said that the Education Department has always worked like a family. So far we have been able to get the quantitative success now we need to focus more on the quality.
Incoming Director, Directorate of Education, Mr. Udit Prakash Rai said, “I know how much work has already been done in the field of education in Delhi. I know I have a large shoe to fit in but I am sure I will get the cooperation from my department and together we will achieve a 100 percent result. I feel every teacher, every HOS represents the Directorate of Education. If every single person will start working with the full ownership, I don’t think we would need a Directorate of Education. Every HOS would be fully capable to work for the betterment of their school.”
While giving his farewell speech, Mr. Binay Bhushan said, “I feel lucky that I got this opportunity to work in the Education Department. This has been the best phase of my life which I will cherish forever.” He said, “When the new Government was formed in 2015, I went to meet Mr. Sisodia and presented my vision document for schools in front of him, he said we will surely go ahead with this and assured me that budget would not be an issue. We went ahead and built the entire school infrastructure. In his presence, we never felt restricted due to budget issues. You feel liberated if you have such a minister to work with.” He added, “This is the effort of the entire team education. I had a wonderful team to work with and I will surely miss them.”