Real education must help to build the character, capacity, calibre and conduct, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the graduate and faculty at the Annual Convocation of the Birla Institute of Management and Technology in Noida on Thursday.
“Education is not only for employment but for empowerment and enlightenment of an individual, he said adding, India’s very young human resource capital is our greatest wealth and the country must be able to effectively harness nation’s demographic dividend.
“…the crucial question is: Are we able to effectively harness this immense human capital?” the Vice President told the gathering.
“…this rich human potential can turn into a force multiplier only when the youngsters acquire adequate skills and expertise in tune with the requirements of various sectors like industry, agriculture and services,” he added.
The Vice President also asked educational institutions to reorient their syllabi and methods of pedagogy to prepare future students, who will not only be articulate and self-confident, but also well-equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.
“We need to have a stable and expanding educational infrastructure at all levels and the government of India is very much alive to this pressing need. The need to increase focus on research publications in Management institutions like BIMTECH,” he added.
Underling the importance of skill development, he said government is implementing various schemes in association with institutions like NASSCOM to implement skill upgradation programmes in association with educational and professional bodies.
“The Skill India programme seeks to bridge skills deficit in various areas and the progress of such initiatives is being monitored constantly and course corrections are being made wherever needed,” the Vice President said.
Saying that it is the best time for talented youth to not only look for opportunities but also create their own businesses in India, the Vice President said that management students must aspire to be job creators and not job seekers.
“Various initiatives like Startup India, Stand Up India and Make in India will help in tapping the entrepreneurial talent in the country,” he added in his address.