‘India lacks innovation; students must rebel, challenge status quo’ says HRD Minister Javadekar

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Unless you rebel, unless you challenge the status quo, how you could innovate anything, said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, citing that India lacks innovation in education as children are discouraged to ask questions in schools something which should not be allowed to go on. According to the minister, innovation is a process of rebellion essentially. “Why do we lack innovation in India? Because we don’t allow questioning; we don’t promote inquisitiveness. If a child asks questions in school, he is asked to sit down,” he explained, adding that we need to promote inquisitiveness, children should ask questions. Javadekar raised the issue at Infocom 2016 organised recently by Ananda Bazar Patrika Group in New Delhi. He remarked if children are encouraged to be inquisitive, innovation would follow as the status quo.