On December 3rd 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 24th January (starting from 2019) as the International day of Education, to celebrate the role of education in development. The resolution demonstrated the world’s political will towards providing quality education to all and achieving sustainable development by 2030.
It only reiterates the premise on which Somaiya Vidyavihar was founded.
The vision of our Founder
ज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम् ।
Knowledge alone liberates.
Resonates in the vision of UNESCO
Our vision is to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main driver of development and in achieving the other proposed SDGs. We commit with a sense of urgency to a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind.
Knowledge alone liberates. Liberates from the cycle of poverty, by improving health outcomes, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies.
Also, to liberate one from the attachments that bind us to small-mindedness. Knowledge also provides opportunities. To make a life lived more meaningful. In the service of one’s family, one’s community, one’s society, country, and indeed the world.
Understanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education.
Towards that goal, Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has invited global and national experts in various aspects of education to strengthen our education system and respond to contemporary challenges in education keeping in mind the underlying principle of holistic development of the student.
Our work in educational development from pre-school to higher education is aimed at contributing towards the higher goal of human development.
As we celebrate our 60 years, we must commit ourselves further to this vision.
The role that we play as educationists is of greater importance in today’s times as the world sees challenges never imagined before.
Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai
Provost Somaiya Vidyavihar