Universities must be at the forefront of the knowledge revolution, says vice president


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was in Chandigarh on Friday to address the 69th convocation

function of the University of the Panjab and stated that a good quality education should be affordable and

accessible to all and emphasized that education is the most powerful catalyst for accelerating a country’s growth.


”A good quality education must become accessible to all, be affordable and lead to a

positive transformation of an individual’s outlook, societal cohesion and an inclusive national

development,” said the vice president.

”There must be cohesion in society. This should be taught to students from the start

himself, "" he added, affirming, “We must always harness the power of education and unleash the

the creative energies of young minds.” Governor of Punjab Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Haryana

Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann and his Haryana counterpart

Manohar Lal Khattar was present on the occasion.

Naidu said education is truly the most powerful catalyst that can change the pace of a country.

development. ”If you want rapid development, you have to educate the country,” he

mentioned. Naidu noted that 65% of the country’s population is under the age of 35 and 50%

under 25.

”If we empower them, educate them, enlighten them and encourage them, they will excel in their lives and do

the country excels in the world,” he said. Universities must be at the forefront of knowledge

revolution through breakthrough innovations and cutting-edge research, said Naidu.

"The ultimate goal of research is to make people" live better, make their lives happier.

This should be the goal of all research,” he said. Naidu added that there was

should be closer interaction between universities and governments so that sound policies can be


India was once known as ‘Viswaguru’, he said, adding: ”Students all over the world used to

come and study here. Because of colonial rule, we have lost our momentum, and we are taught in

an education system that is more influenced by colonial rule.” ""Our contribution, civilization,

traditions and culture have not been given sufficient importance in our upbringing,” Naïdu

declared. He said that the new education policy would take into account the need for real

make the Indian education system.

”The new education policy must be understood in its own spirit, and it must be implemented

in letter and in spirit. It is everyone’s duty,” added the Vice President. Naidu too

stressed that peace is a prerequisite for progress and appealed to all universities in the

country to maintain peace.

""Educational institutions are knowledge givers, education is not just for a degree, but education

is also for enlightenment, education is for empowerment, "" he said, asking universities not to

divert their attention to other problems.


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