While addressing the 3rd convocation of the Central University of Gujarat at Gandhinagar, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, said Educational institutions should try to make students capable citizens of the modern world community.
The Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, and Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, along with other dignitaries of the University were present on the occasion.
New Education Policy Favours Knowledge-science-based Learning
The President said that under the new National Education Policy, efforts are being made to encourage education of modern knowledge-science based on Indian values with the aim to make our country a ‘knowledge super power’. Creating awareness among students about their duties in the changing world is also a major objective of the new education system. Our educational institutions should try to make students capable citizens of the modern world community. There is also a need to give special emphasis on the importance of public interest and morality by higher educational institutions. He stated that only by giving special emphasis on Indian values; we would be able to differentiate between our educational institutions and foreign educational institutions -based on western ideas.
Addressing the students, the President said that building a strong and self-reliant India is at the heart of our global thinking. Local resources, experiences, and knowledge should be used for self-reliance. Students can make their education useful in the true sense by empowering local development through research and innovation with the utilization of local resources.
He said that we should always remember that our education should benefit the development of our society and country apart from personal benefit. By making efforts for the upliftment of the people who were relatively left behind in the development journey, they would be able to contribute towards building a better society,
The Relevance of Universities in Nation-Building
Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that the National Education Policy 2020 is a vision document that will take the education system to newer heights. He said that Universities are not only educational institutions but are laboratories of nation-building. Highlighting the importance of synergy between Industry and Academia, he said that the gap between both will be bridged through research and innovation. The Minister congratulated all the students who have received their degrees at the convocation.
A total of 244 degrees were conferred to the graduating students at the convocation. Of these 73 are Ph.D. degree recipients, 26 are M.Phil. degree recipients, 121 are post-graduate recipients, and 24 are undergraduate recipients. A total of 21 CUG medals was also awarded to the students for securing the highest marks in their respective UG and PG programs.
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