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School curriculum needs to embrace fine-arts education for healthy society: Priya Sethi

 *Inaugurates School Art Arcade at KCPS

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 28: Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks Priya Sethi said that a healthy society not only requires a good number of technocrats, medical professionals and machines, but also artists, writers and people from the performing arts to emerge as a complete, rich and healthy society.
The Minister said this while interacting with the students of KC Public School, Jammu during an interactive session organized at the inauguration of ‘School Art Arcade’, here today.
The Minister said a society can only be complete when there is a balance between mechanical human resources and creatively inclined human resources. She urged the educational institutions to make fine-arts education a part of everyday life of students so that young people realize that there is much more to education than mere test score.
“In this age of technology and concrete jungle, art is of paramount importance. Artistic sensibilities are to be nourished and encouraged at home, at school and ultimately, the society. The school curriculum has to embrace Art education in all its forms such as dancing, drawing, painting, performance art, sculpturing and many more”, the Minister reiterated.
The Minister appreciated the Chairman of KCPS Raju Chowdhary, entire management of KC Public School and Principal Amarendra Kumar Mishra for their initiative of setting up an ideal, stand alone Art School in their institution by the name “The Art Arcade” and hoped that this will create an environment where creativity is generated.
She encouraged the students to actively participate and take maximum benefit from their school’s initiative “Learning to read through the Arts”.
Earlier, the Minister viewed the extensive display of arts and crafts made by students of the institution and lauded their efforts for this insightful presentation. She also visited the School Heritage Centre where in a fine collection of objects representing the cultural heritage of J&K is being generated through the concerted effort of KCPS students. She commended the students for doing a wonderful job and suggested that they should bring into fresh lime-light the great cultural and artistic traditions of the State such as Basohli School of miniature painting.

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