AGARTALA, May 23 - Even as the Indian economy has been growing phenomenally over the years, the biggest challenge is to tap the huge human resource potential as about 65 per cent of the population in the country is below 35 years of age, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu here today.
As the economy is expected to perform well in the coming years, it will open many new avenues for the youth and what is needed now is to achieve synergies of action, Naidu said while speaking in the 11th convocation of the Tripura Central University here.
“Various educational institutions and universities must tie up with the local industries to impart vocational skills in different trades to the students. This will help the graduating students to be ready for the industry,” the Vice President said.
“Everything may not pan out as planned and you might face unexpected difficulties or obstacles. One should not get despondent or crestfallen by temporary setbacks and must pursue one’s goals with dedication and passion,” Naidu added.
He also appealed to the students to maintain the innovative spirit. “You are the future architects of our great nation. These are exciting times when Indian is rising in all spheres of human endeavour,” he said.
Naidu also had words of wisdom words for the students. “Don’t forget your mother, don’t forget your birthplace, use your mother tongue, never forget your motherland and respect your guru,” he urged the students. The Vice President added that secularism in India is very strong as it is in the DNA of every citizen of the country.
Governor Tathagata Roy, the Chief Rector of the university, pointed out the present deficiencies of the institution. “It seems all is not well in the Tripura Central University because it has been functioning without a Chancellor for five years. And the 11th convocation is being hosted after a gap of five years though it is supposed to take place every year,” he said.
Higher Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and Vice Chancellor Prof Anjan Kumar Ghosh were also present in the programme.