New Delhi: ‘We can transform our students from being job seekers to job creators by building the proper ecosystem for imparting skill-based training in every higher educational institution’, the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said. He was addressing the students of the Dr. D. Rama Naidu Vignana Jyothi Institute of Rural Development and the members of the Vignana Jyothi Society, in Hyderabad.
Naidu applauded the initiatives of the Vignana Jyothi Society formed by a group of selfless philanthropic entrepreneurs for establishing a string of educational institutions, which have grown into centres of excellence over the years.
Sharing his thoughts on education, the Vice President said that an ideal educational institution must focus on making a student into a holistic individuals by equipping them to face the challenges of life with equanimity and stability. He advised educational institutions to employ counsellors to provide support and guidance to students during challenging times.
Naidu opined that education must lay the foundation for developing a society that is strongly grounded in morals, ethics and value systems. He suggested that there a need to revamp our education system to improve standards and impart world class learning. He lamented that none of our Indian universities figured in top ranking global institutions.
The Vice President also said that education should make students think innovatively and come out with bright, out-of-box solutions to overcome challenges. He advised that our education system should also focus on our traditional crafts, arts and the way we preserve and protect local varieties of seeds.
Terming the Dr. D. Rama Naidu Vignana Institute of Rural Development located in Medak District as a unique initiative, the Vice President proposed that all state governments should have such institutions of excellence that provide training and skilling to farmers and others hailing from rural areas.
Outlining the major challenges faced by agriculture such as declining productivity, diminishing and degrading natural resources, fragmented land holdings, unprecedented climate change etc, Naidu said that these challenges need to be tackled on a war footing through structural changes and policy interventions from the Union Government and State Governments.
The Home Minister of Telangana, Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.