Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called for bringing higher education to rural areas and making it more “inclusive and equitable”, stressing that education plays a key role in human development, building nation and the creation of a prosperous and sustainable global future.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Delhi University’s centenary celebrations, Naidu stressed that universities must come up with innovative and original ideas to solve pressing problems in society. “Inclusiveness and equitable access to education for rural youth is critical as education plays a key role in human development, nation building and creating a prosperous and sustainable global future” , Naidu pointed out.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and AU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh were among many senior officials who attended the event. Naidu said the ultimate goal of research should be to make people’s lives more comfortable and happier.
Highlighting that India has the largest youth population in the world, the Vice President called for harnessing the collective power of our human resources for nation building. Describing the National Education Policy (NEP-2020) as a “foresighted document” that is poised to revolutionize the country’s education landscape, Naidu said he was emphasizing education in his mother tongue when implemented in schools, colleges and universities, will prove to be a game changer. Calling for providing basic education in the mother tongue of the child, Naidu said the local language must be the main mode of communication in the administration and the courts. or mother tongue for the common man to understand,” he added.
Naidu said that ancient India enjoyed the reputation of being a Viswaguru and was a renowned cradle of culture. “Reputable centers of knowledge, among the oldest known to mankind, such as the universities of Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramshila, Vallabhi and Odantapuri, amply testify to this fact,” he said. Stating that it is his deep wish to see Indian universities ranked among the top 10 universities in the world, the Vice President called on all stakeholders to work towards this goal.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said Delhi University will provide solutions to global issues, emerging as an incubator of the world. He said Delhi University is not just an educational institution, it is an emotion for the people associated with it. He called on DU alumni to create a model for the country when it comes to alumni contribution.
The minister commended the university for being a pioneer in implementing all aspects of NEP 2020. The prestigious university should aim to broaden the skill and education canvas and also strive to create “ job creators,” he added. Pradhan expressed his belief that the University will play a leading role in nurturing global citizens, establishing India as a knowledge-based society and creating a role model for emerging economies.
On this occasion, the Vice President also released the Centenary Commemorative Stamp, Centenary Commemorative Coin, Centenary Commemorative Volume and Undergraduate Program Framework of Delhi University – 2022 (Hindi, Sanskrit and Telugu). He also launched the university’s centenary website and congratulated Kritika Khinchi, a student at Gargi College and creator of DU’s centenary logo. Naidu said that this university, which started on May 1, 1922 with 750 students and only three colleges, has become a prestigious university in the country and the world.
“Today, there are six lakh six thousand 228 students, 90 colleges, 16 professors and thousands of teachers at DU. This university, which started with a budget of Rs 40,000, has now reached a budget of more than 838 crore,” he said. Counting the achievements of DU, the Vice Chancellor said that in these 100 years, Delhi University has reached every home and every mind He said UD will have to do a lot in the next 25 years.
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