Youth must be at the forefront of making India stronger on all fronts: Venkaiah

Vice President urges youth to join the forces of growth and channelize their energies to build a resurgent India

 

Youth must be at the forefront of making India stronger on all fronts: VP

 

Advises youth to shun negativism, adopt positive outlook and follow India’s civilizational ethos

 

Calls for developing higher education institutions into centres of excellence

 

Asks Indian Universities to strive to be amongst the best in the world

 

Expresses happiness that NEP focuses on imparting quality education

 

India is comparatively better placed than other nations in the fight against the pandemic

 

Inaugurates Amenities Center at the University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad:The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu today urged the youth to join the forces of growth and channelize their energies for constructive, nation-building activities to build a New and Resurgent India.

 

Inaugurating a new ‘Amenities Center’ at the University of Hyderabad, the Vice President advised the youth to shun negativism, adopt positive outlook in building the New India where there would be no corruption, hunger, exploitation and discrimination.

 

Pointing out that the nation was passing through a critical juncture and was facing many challenges, Naidu asked the youth to be at the forefront of making India stronger on all fronts.

 

The Vice President urged the youth to be the torchbearers in eradicating Illiteracy, combating diseases, meeting challenges in farm sector, ending social evils like discrimination in any form, atrocities on women and eliminating corruption.

 

Expressing his concern over the degeneration of values, he urged the youth to follow India’s age-old civilizational ethos and culture.

 

He told the young minds to come up with innovative solutions to tackle the pressing problems from corona virus to climate change.

 

Emphasizing that holistic education was the key to the development and transformation of the lives of the people, he called for reorienting the education system to the meet the challenges of the 21st century while remaining wedded to Indian traditions and culture.

 

Recalling that India was an important global centre of learning in the ancient times with students from foreign shores studying at reputed institutions like Takshashila and Nalanda, he urged the faculty and students of the University of Hyderabad to focus on achieving academic excellence. People might have different ideologies, but the main ideology should be “academic excellence”, he stressed.

 

Calling for concerted efforts from all stakeholders, including the private sector to develop the higher education institutions into centres of excellence, Shri Naidu stressed the need to impart quality education on par with international standards.

 

Expressing his concern that only a few Indian Higher Education Institutions figured in the top 200 in the world rankings, he asked the multidisciplinary universities in the country to pull up their socks and strive to be amongst the best.

 

For achieving better rankings, the Vice President wanted the Higher Education Institutions to promote the culture of innovative research, set up research clusters and offer incentives to the best performing researchers.

 

Observing that India has the potential to become the hub of knowledge and innovation, he called upon institutions like the University of Hyderabad to play a leading role in fostering the climate of creativity, inventiveness and the spirit of enterprise.

 

While urging the Universities to become the centres of cutting-edge research, he advised them to establish close linkages with the industry. He expressed happiness that the new education policy proposes a National Research Foundation to oversee research in the country.

 

Observing that the country was yet to achieve 100 per cent literate society even 73 years after attaining Independence, Shri Naidu stressed the need for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to promote literacy and achieve the goal of a fully literate society.

 

Naidu expressed his happiness that the New Education Policy (NEP) not only focuses on providing quality education, but also seeks to develop character, inculcate scientific temper, promote creativity, spirit of service and equip students with the capabilities to meet 21st century challenges. He said the NEP was comprehensive and holistic.

 

Referring to the fight against the pandemic, the Vice President said that India was comparatively better placed than other nations and added that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi guided the nation with his vision. He lauded the selfless service rendered by frontline warriors like doctors, farmers, security personnel, sanitary staff and appreciated the Government of India and all States for the measures taken to fight the pandemic.

 

He appealed to the people to adhere to the instructions issued by the government, follow safe distancing norms and wear masks. He said the people must be prepared to face future challenges by improving their endurance. He advised people, particularly the youth to undertake regular physical exercise like practicing yoga, eat healthy food and to avoid junk food.

 

Telangana Home Minister, Md. Mahmood Ali, Justice L Narasimha Reddy, Chancellor of the University, Podile Appa Rao, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B. Nagarjuna, Dean-Students Welfare, Deans of various schools, faculty, students, university staff and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

 

Following is the full text of the speech –

 

“Sisters and brothers!

 

At the outset, let me convey my Deepavali greetings to all of you!

 

I am pleased to inaugurate the new Amenities Center in the sprawling campus of the University of Hyderabad.

 

It is indeed a matter of pride that the University of Hyderabad has become the youngest and Institution of Eminence – along with a few IITs and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) under the public-funded Institutions category.

 

I am happy to note that the University has consistently figured in the top slots in National and International Rankings. Most recently, the University has figured in the top 10 institutions along with the IITs and IISc in Atal Ranking for Institutional Innovation Achievements (ARIIA).

 

I am told that the New Amenities Center of 3260 Square Meters has user-friendly facility with offices of the Dean, Students’ Welfare, Chief Warden and Chief Proctor, among others. Apart from an amphitheatre and a food court, it also provides space for socialization and interaction of students with peers.

 

Dear sisters and brothers,

 

As we all know, imparting holistic education is the key to the development and transformation of the lives of the people. Education empowers people to overcome challenges such as poverty and hunger and facilitates in creating an equitable and inclusive society.

 

Even 73 years after attaining Independence, we are yet to achieve 100 per cent literacy. There is a need for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to promote literacy and achieve the goal of having a fully literate society. However, what is important is for the education system to focus on holistic personality development. As the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi had famously said: “By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man—body, mind and spirit”.

 

The education system should develop a human being in all its dimensions in a truly holistic manner—intellectual, physical, moral, spiritual, social and aesthetic. While remaining wedded to our traditions and culture, it should be reoriented to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

 

I am glad that the New Education Policy (NEP) unveiled by the Government of India not only focuses on providing quality education, but also seeks to develop character, inculcate scientific temper, promote creativity, spirit of service and equip students with the capabilities to meet 21st century challenges.

 

NEP provides scope to our higher education institutions to scale new heights and be counted among the best in the world. However, the first and foremost requirement is for the higher education institutions to become centres of excellence and impart quality education on par with international standards. No doubt, it is a tall order, but it can be achieved with concerted efforts from all the stakeholders, including the private sector.

 

India can become the hub of knowledge and innovation and Universities like yours have to play a leading role in fostering the climate of creativity, inventiveness and the spirit of enterprise. Universities must not only become the centres of cutting-edge research but must also establish close linkages with the industry. I am happy that the new policy proposes a National Research Foundation to oversee research in the country.

 

Universities and Higher education institutions have a greater role in shaping the future of the nation.

 

We need to leverage the huge demographic opportunity we have as the youth constitute about 65% of the entire population. Youth must be trained to create employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities and at the same make India a global hub of trained human resource.

 

I am glad that the new policy accords priority to skill-based education by imparting 21st century employability skills. The need of the hour is to vastly expand vocational and skill-based courses and promote the entrepreneurial talent among the students.

 

As part of the Digital India initiative, the NEP foresees a huge surge in online teaching with Higher Education Institutions focusing on introducing new programs in the online mode.

 

Technology is absolutely indispensable to ensure that education reaches every corner of the country and to every student, and the NEP’s emphasis on integrating technology into classrooms is indeed welcome.

 

Dear sisters and brothers,

 

Like most areas, the education sector also faced unprecedented disruption in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. It has brought forth new challenges for both teachers and learners. For wider reach of online education, it is absolutely important to integrate technology to support teaching and learning.

 

With educational institutions world over resorting to online teaching and learning, there is a need to study and adopt the best practices by institutions like the University of Hyderabad.

 

It is a matter of concern that only a few Indian Higher Education Institutions figure in the world rankings—IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi and IISc figure in the QS rankings in the top 200. Our multidisciplinary universities should pull up their socks and strive to be amongst the best.

 

For achieving better rankings, Higher Education Institutions must promote the culture of innovative research and focus on quality publications in the top journals and not just numbers.

 

Priority must be accorded to setting up research clusters and financing innovative research projects.

 

Incentives could be offered for this purpose to the best performing researchers.

 

Dear sisters and brothers,

 

The need of the hour is to channelize the energies of the youth in constructive, nation-building activities. My advice to youth is to join the forces of growth and shun negativism.

 

The nation is passing through a critical juncture and there are many challenges before us. Young minds need to come up with innovative solutions to tackle the pressing problems from corona virus to climate change.

 

This is the time for all sections, particularly the youth to be at the forefront of making India stronger on all fronts.I urge the youth to be the torchbearers in eradicating Illiteracy, combating diseases, meeting challenges in farm sector, ending social evils and discrimination of any sort like atrocities on women and eliminating corruption to build a New and Resurgent India.

 

Before concluding, I would like to recall the words of Swami Vivekananda, who had said: “My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the services of others, and obedient –- good to themselves and the country at large”.

 

I am sure the university will scale greater heights in the coming years and win more laurels. My best wishes to the faculty, non-teaching staff and all the students.

 

Jai Hind!”

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