Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for reorientation of teaching methods at educational institutions to bring out the latent talents of the students and stressed on the need to turn universities into global centres of excellence in innovation and research.
Interacting with students and faculty members at Puducherry University this morning, he said higher educational institutions must look closely into its own functioning and identify areas that require reform and those that require transformation.
“We must also raise the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness and make our processes more transparent, people-friendly and responsive to the needs of our people we are serving,” he said.
The vice president also highlighted on the need to fully tap the potential of the human capital by ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills required for the 21st century world.
We must ensure that there are enough opportunities for them to start new enterprises and generate new jobs, he said asking the universities to have an onerous responsibility to create new courses and improve the teaching learning processes.
It is important that students passing out of the portals of our higher educational institutions must possess employable skills, he said.
Saying that education is an instrument for socio-economic transformation of the individuals and the society at large, he said that it should bring out the best in man and lead to his enlightenment and empowerment.
“Education is the process of continuous learning and does not end with the acquisition of a degree. It must inculcate strong moral and ethical values and facilitate the holistic development of an individual. Education must build character, competence and capacity besides promoting good conduct,” the vice president said.
The love for learning and quest for solutions needs to be an integral part of every school and the university system, he stressed.
“There is a need to vastly improve the quality of education in the Indian universities. The faculty must be constantly learning and help students to access new resources and update the knowledge base,” he said.
He also stressed on the need have a renewed focus on gender equality and safety of women. Gender sensitization must begin at home and continue in schools, colleges and Universities, he said.