Central universities are intended to be a vehicle for social transformation, President says

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee speaking at the second Annual Convocation of the Central University of Karnataka said that Central universities are intended to be a vehicle for social transformation.

He said, “They have to reach out to people in their region by disseminating knowledge, encouraging innovation, promoting environmental conservation and developing skills. They have to elicit the participation of talented local youth, increasing their employability and ushering in upward mobility of the deprived.”

He added by saying, “The Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana has been launched with the objective to develop model villages with improved basic amenities, enhanced human development, access to rights and entitlements and wider social mobilization. Financial inclusion, creation of digital infrastructure and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan have been dovetailed into this scheme.”

“I had called upon the central universities to start working with at least five villages each to transform them into model villages. You must organize resource persons and experts to provide solutions to the wide range of issues concerning the adopted villages. Your effort in this direction will usher in an India which is progressive and equal,” The President said.

He added, a good education system is one that can help develop social responsiveness in students. Ways should be devised to integrate student engagement with society in the academic framework. For instance, higher level students can be assigned to teach in government schools located nearby. It will help address the existing shortage of teachers at primary and secondary levels and also create a desire in them to enter the teaching profession. Students can also be deployed to undertake community-based projects. They can identify problems and involve themselves in research to find solutions. Measures like these would mould students into confident and purposeful human beings, who can through their conviction and own example inspire others.

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