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Immense need of value education today: Manmohan Singh


New Delhi, Apr 9 (IANS): There is immense need for value education in contemporary times, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday, acknowledging that while subjects like science and mathematics form the backbone of regular curricula, value education keeps one connected to the roots.

Speaking at the launch of "Mission to Reboot Punjab through Value Based Education" by Benedict Paramanand, the former prime minister spoke about the contribution of Sikhs in transforming Indian society but regretted that the lack of value education among children often leads them astray.

"The Sikh gurus have contributed a lot in transforming the Indian society but Partition came as a big blow to Punjab. And then there was the spread of terrorism, which is not even worthy of mention. Value education is the need of the hour in current times," he said.

"Science and technology is important in today's day and age but at the same time our children should be aware of their cultural heritage too. Yes, Maths and Science are important but all in all we need value education," added the former Prime Minister.

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal spoke in a similar vein.

"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," he said.

The book has been inspired by the life and works of philanthropist, Baba Iqbal Singh and the author has drawn the story of his charismatic life and his evolution post -retirement from a bureaucrat to a spiritual leader of eminence.

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