Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that there was an immediate need to educate and enlighten students to become responsible citizens of India.
He wanted the education system to mould the character and nurture students to become responsible, productive members of society and also equip them with the ability to overcome any adversity with equanimity.
Delivering the 21st Convocation Address at Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College at Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, Vice President Naidu called upon educational institutions to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship among students and enable them to stand on their own feet.
Vice President Naidu wanted educational institutions to reorient the present education system to empower students to contribute towards nation building by finding innovative solutions to issues such as poverty, illiteracy, Climate change, making agriculture more sustainable and remunerative.
Asking colleges to pay greater attention to the skill development of students, Vice President Naidu stressed that students coming out of the portals of educational institutions must acquire employable or entrepreneurial skills to face the competitive world in this technology-driven 21St Century.
“As the country marches ahead with the quest to become a 5 trillion dollar economy, our energetic, innovative and entrepreneurial, youth will have a major role to play in achieving that goal,” he said.
The Vice President while stating the importance of youth force in taking the nation new heights and achieve the target of making India a 5 trillion dollar economy, stressed the need to take special care about the health of India’s youth. He expressed concern over the rising incidents of Noncommunicable Diseases due to changing lifestyles and dietary habits
Vice President Naidu advised the youngsters to avoid junk food and develop healthy dietary practices as food plays an important role in the overall wellbeing of an individual. He called upon schools and colleges to impart yoga training to students as physical fitness to curb the growing incidence of Noncommunicable Diseases in the country.