Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged the youth to shun negativism and develop a positive and constructive outlook towards life. He asked all educational institutions in the country to promote healthy and constructive debates among students on all issues of national and international importance.
Interacting with students of PSG College in Coimbatore, he asked them to always remember that violence and hatred have no place in a democracy and Dialogue and debate were the best available forms to resolve any conflict, dispute or disagreement.
Vice President Naidu asked Universities and Higher education institutions to strive to become hubs of learning and innovation and play a greater role in shaping the future of the nation. He stressed the urgent need to align education policies, curricula, and training programs in the context of the 21st-century technology-dependent market scenario.
Observing that the education system must integrate skilling to maximize the benefits of globalization, Vice President Naidu said that it was the pious responsibility of institutions of higher learning to provide good quality education at par with top international institutions and train students so that India could leverage the huge demographic opportunity.
Vice President Naidu said that it was the time that educational institutions focus more on the assimilation of diverse information, problem-solving, decision making and analysis and shun rote methods.
He wanted them to establish linkages with Industry to give exposure to students passing out of these institutions. Vice President Naidu asked for adequate attention towards the promotion of research at universities in a big way and asked the private sector to support such initiatives under CSR.
The Vice President called upon educational institutions and teachers to provide their valuable inputs to the government on the new education policy. He wanted the policy to highlight aspects such as Indian history, culture, values, and ethos.
“I also urge educational institutions to promote the spirit of voluntarism and community service among students,” he added.
Vice President Naidu while expressing his concerns over the rise in Non-communicable Diseases said that the rise in Non-communicable diseases was a growing threat to global health, especially for developing countries such as ours. He urged the younger generation to shun a sedentary lifestyle and eating junk food.
He appreciated PSG & Sons’ Charities Trust for helping needy students through their educational institutions and said that the charitable and philanthropic work undertaken by PSG and Sons Trust was truly commendable and worthy of emulation by others.