Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, on Saturday, attended the convocation ceremony of Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University in Dehradun.
While addressing the students, the Vice President said that education is the core element in that is needed to transform India’s young population into national assets. Youth empowerment will constitute a very strong and productive workforce to tackle various challenges.
“Education is the single most important element in converting our young population into national assets. If the young generation of our nation is empowered, it will constitute a very strong and productive workforce to tackle the challenges like global warming, urban migration, shortage of drinking water, polluted air and fuel inefficient transportation,” he explained.
He also said that the universities of today have to build the competencies required for functioning effectively in a globalised world.
Vice President Naidu said that educational institutions must encourage students to visit in rural areas to have a better understanding of the problems faced by people living in villages.
“Understanding the rural India will enable them to come out with innovative solutions to the problems faced by people,” he said.
VP Naidu presented gold medals and certificates to students at the Convocation of ICFAI University.
He underscored the importance of knowledge and said that students should know how to access, absorb, adopt and adapt new knowledge. They should know how to collaborate, coordinate and compete in different contexts. They should aim for excellence and efficiency and not settle for mediocrity and ordinary approach.
He underlined the demographic advantage that India enjoys and said that we are an old civilization with a young population and is on the threshold of emerging as a major economic power.
He further emphasised that students must develop the abilities to separate the wheat from the chaff, the good from the bad and be bold and wise enough to choose the option that contributes to make our planet a better place to live in.