Newly-appointed Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday endorsed the revamp of the education system in the country on scientific lines, while slamming the colonial education structure introduced in the 19th century by Thomas Macaulay.
Pillai said that the colonial education system put in place by Macaulay was rooted in a faulty premise that Indians were a "lower grade people", and said that the system itself needed to change.
"The education system needed a substantial change. The Macaulay system, you know, started with... the first sentence in the Maculay education policy (said) that in India people are lower grade people, they are not best," Pillai said.
He also said that there is a need for a "scientific revamp" of the education ecosystem in India.
Pillai also said that he had not studied two critical issues related to the current mining industry impasse in the coastal state as well as the ongoing Mhadei interstate water dispute with Karnataka.
"I don't know, I've not studied. The matter is before the Supreme Court. The Central government has also declared that as far as possible, it is to be restarted again," Pillai told reporters, when asked about the ongoing mining conundrum.
Mining in Goa has been halted for several years now, after the Supreme Court in its order pointed at the irregularities in the process of mining lease renewals carried out by the state government.
When asked for comments on the Mhadei river dispute, Pillai said: "That also I want to study."