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We must teach students to navigate through wrong information, fake news: VP | India News


NEW DELHI: In an inspiring speech for 200 Times Fellows selected from more than 3 lakh students who enrolled in the program, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said students must set high goals in their chosen careers and continue with self-discipline, hard work and perseverance.
Offering a virtual address at an event to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Times Scholars program, a Times of India initiative that seeks to instill the habit of reading among young people, Naidu said that students should not view education simply as a means to get a job, but as a way to become enlightened and become good human beings.

We must teach students to navigate through wrong information, fake news: VP | India News

“I am pleased to know that at the heart of the program is an effort to promote reading, especially newspaper reading among students. I have always believed that a well-read student is definitely better prepared to overcome life’s challenges and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, ”he said.
Naidu also emphasized the need to teach children to be “smart and demanding readers.” “Circumstances also demand that we teach them how to navigate through all the misinformation and fake news that plague the media landscape, especially today’s new media environment. Like the legendary bird, the ‘hamsa’, our children must be able to assimilate and absorb the truth and discard the lies, ”said the vice president.
He added that he was confident that the Times Scholars program would help shape a generation of young academics who read to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.
Pointing to the new challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Naidu said that students must develop a strong emotional quotient to cope with the unprecedented situation.
Practice yoga to improve physical and mental health: Naidu for students
You are all young and need to develop a strong emotional quotient and the ability to resist ups and downs in life, “said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, advising students to practice yoga to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health, improve concentration levels and instill discipline.
The Times Scholars program is a unique initiative, rooted in TOI’s belief that it is our duty to create a class of responsible, demanding and humane citizens, encouraging young people to read to broaden their vision and discover that learning can be enjoyable. Requires all students who sign up to read TOI every day, specifically the news article or newsletter marked with the Times Scholars marker. These comprise the syllabus in which students are assessed and cover a wide range of subjects, including science, technology, social issues, politics, global developments, economics, and much more. In another unique initiative, each of the winners was able to deliver a speech of five words each. It may not seem possible to say anything consistent in so few words, but the Times Scholars accepted the challenge and displayed their creativity in the process. So, while Ananya Giri Upadhya said it was “something inspiring during the pandemic,” Mainak Ghosh promised, “We will realize the Indian dream.” Neerja Parag Kasture said: “Words cannot express my happiness” and Pragya Jha urged her fellow academics to “Think better. Dream big. Disrupt.”

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