GUWAHATI, Dec 18 - Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi today said that higher education was a fundamental enabler of social, economic, scientific and intellectual progress and urged the Vice Chancellors to use higher education as a ladder for individual and social advancement.
Addressing a Vice Chancellors’ meeting at the Raj Bhavan, Prof Mukhi said that Assam has a good history of higher education to inspire the faculty and other administrative staff to work, strengthen and illuminate the universities as fountains of knowledge and learning.
“Vice Chancellors, as the role models in the institutions of higher learning, should work as a force multiplier to train the human resources to catalyse the development of the State as well the nation,” he said.
Stating that India has the proud privilege to be a home to the oldest university in the world, Prof Mukhi said that Nalanda, which enrolled 10,000 students from all over Asia in its campus, proved its prowess in intellectual superiority and critical analyses which could be of relevance at modern trends in pedagogy today.
He added that investing in people through higher education and education in general can have a great impact on nation-building “which once made pays its dividends in perpetuity.”
He urged the VCs to use their expertise to strengthen and enrich the foundation of higher education in universities and their curriculum to hone human resources.
Prof Mukhi said that India with over 990 universities was home to one of the largest higher education ecosystems in the world.
“Constant efforts are being made to improve their standards and convert them into global knowledge hubs. With this intention in view, a draft for New Education Policy 2019 has been prepared to give the country a new aperture to express the aspirational and motivational virtues of education,” he said.
He further urged the VCs to use their wisdom and infrastructural capabilities to lay out the path for transforming the Indian education landscape suited to the 21st century needs.
He observed that the New Education Policy-2019 envisions an India-centred education system that would contribute directly to transforming the nation sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high-quality education to all, and asked the VCs to lend their hands towards that end.
The Governor called upon the VCs to make concerted efforts in the light of the New Education Policy to help the educated youth to be skilled on new technologies that would help them in seeking more avenues in the current dynamic IT world.
Assam Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who was present at the meeting said that Assam could be the heart of education of India as “we have the potential resources.” With the advancement of science and technology, new subjects needed to be studied, he added.