Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called upon all educational institutions to work towards becoming centres of excellence providing quality, affordable, meaningful education to students. Addressing the gathering after presenting awards at the ‘Ranking of Engineering & Management Educational Institutes in India’ event hosted by Jagran Prakashan Group today, the Vice President said that providing high quality education must be a matter of sacred trust between a student and the institution as they would be joining these institutions with a hope for a better future.
Opining that upgrading the quality of higher education institutions was an essential component in realizing India’s demographic dividend, the Vice President asked educational institutions to interact and work with industry to build world-class infrastructure to train students to compete in the global job market. He also wanted them to attach more importance Knowledge and Skill while designing curriculum for students to train them to make professional with employable skills.
He asked educational institutions and their management to consider the fact that most of the students might not have enough resources to fund their education in costly professional institutions and might have taken loans.
Vice President Naidu said that rankings must help students and their parents understand the complete detail about the institute, infrastructure and its academic and research potential.
Opining that the future of the country and our society was taking shape in youth’s dreams, Vice President stressed upon the need to train our youth and impart higher order skills in order to tap into the enormous human resource in them.
Talking about his interactions with the faculty members, students and youth since assuming the office of Vice President, Shri Naidu said that every such occasion had been an immensely enriching and a rewarding experience for him and the aspirational optimism among our young students was infectious. It has been knowledge pilgrimage for me, he said.
Talking about India’s growth story and its prospects, Shri Naidu said that youth participation was an essential component in taking new strides. He stressed that addressing the problems such as the urban-rural divide, hidden hunger, inequalities, and disparities at various levels was necessary to take the nation on an inclusive growth trajectory. He also stressed the need to have a special focus on rural India by making agriculture more viable and profitable.
CEO of Jagran New Media, Mr Bharat Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of Jagran New Media, Mr Rajesh Upadhyay and representatives of more than 30 educational institutions, students were present at the event.