Need to pay attention to quality of education along with institutions: President
Bhopal: President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has stressed the need for ensuing qualitative development of educational institutions. Laying emphasis on innovations, the President said that innovation is the axis of development. Shri Pranab Mukherjee was addressing the 8thconvocation of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya here today. He gave away DSc degree to Union Public Service Commission Chairman Shri D.P Agrawal and PhD degrees to students.
President Shri Pranab Mukherjee released a book “Policy for Women’s Security, Security and Empowerment”, laid foundation stone for building of Knowledge Resource Centre and block of School of Pharmaceutical Science and inaugurated Information Technology Block.
President Shri Mukherjee said that Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya has achieved remarkable success in a short span of time. He said that youths should understand that we do not have only rights in democracy, but responsibilities also. Expressing concern over crimes against women and children, Shri Mukherjee said that every person should come forward for safeguarding their honour and dignity. He said that students should imbibe spirit of love to mother land, priority to duties, tolerance towards diversity and respect for elders and women. The President said that a target has been set to train 15 crore people by year 2022 through National Skill Development Corporation set up in year 2009.
The President said that India had universities like Taxila, Nalanda, Vallabhi, Sompura, Odandtipuri etc. in the 6th century B.C., but at present no Indian university is among 200 most prominent universities of the world. He said that it is necessary that higher education is affordable, qualitative and easily accessible.
Shri Pranab Mukherjee also stressed the need for research. He said that nano-technology, bio-technology and other techniques should be used for sustainable development. Shri Mukherjee said that outstanding work in the sphere of innovation has been done by 2 Central universities in Uttar Pradesh and Assam. Such works should also be taken up in every educational institution of India.
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav said that students should fully understand that acquisition of knowledge is not everything. He said that if they want to make sincere efforts for uplifting living standard of country’s people then they will have to follow the path of public welfare and nation building along with pursuing excellence. Shri Yadav said that US patent has been filed for anti-Alzhimers medicine by the Univeristy, which is hightly appreciable. The Government gave away gold medals to outstanding students.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that after providing power for 24 hours in all villages of the state, they will be linked with internet. He said that he will use knowledge of state’s people as their power. The Chief Minister urged students to use best of their energies in innovations. He said that apart from searching for good jobs, youths should also think about setting up their own industries. Shri Chouhan said that the State Government is providing guarantee for youths upto Rs. 25 lakh for setting up industries.
Technical Education Minister Shri Laxmikant Sharma said that every possible effort will be made to develop technical and higher education institutions in the state on global level as per wish of the President. He informed that skill development centres have been opened at various development block headquarters in the state. He said that wherever students live, they should not forget their village, state and country. Union Minister of State Shri Narayan Sami said that world community is looking forward to Indian’s workforce. He said that important work in information technology section has been done in the country.
Union Public Service Commission Chairman Prof. D.P. Mishra said that he takes pride in the fact that he was and is a teacher. Stressing the need for quality education, he said that teachers should also remain alert towards innovations. RGPV Vice-Chancellor Shri Piyush Trivedi read out convocation report and administered oath to medal winner students. He felicitated all guests with shawl, coconut and memento.
Minister of State for Technical Education Shri Mahendra Hardia and former Union Minister Shri Suresh Pachouri were also present on the occasion.