Mangaluru, Feb 26, 2020 DHNS: The new education policy will help India emerge as a ‘Vishwa Guru’, said Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday.
“Though India has over 1,000 universities, 45,000 degree colleges, 16 lakh schools, over one crore teachers and 33 crore students, which is more than the population of
the USA, it has not achieved success in imparting value education,” he said.
The Union HRD minister was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Central Research Facilities (CRF) and Centre of Excellence (CoE) building to mark National Institute of Technology Karnataka’s (NITK) diamond jubilee year.
He said the new education policy will bring a positive change in the life of people and India will be conferred with the title of ‘Vishwa Guru’.
The Union minister urged students, in particular, to stop dreaming about fat pay packages.
“Become a leader, create jobs and make the world look at us,” he said and added that it was a matter of joy that research at NIT was an integral part of the curriculum and a key component of the teaching-learning process.
The minister, who has authored more than 50 books, urged the gathering to protect the environment by planting trees. “Plant a sapling on your birthday and a selfie taken with the plant should be forwarded to the director,” he said.
NITK Director K Uma Maheshwar Rao said NITK was the first institution to avail a loan of Rs 80 crore from Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to help CRF procure state of the art equipment, laboratories among others.
The director also sought the minister’s help in getting HEFA to release an additional Rs 500 crore for the centre. He said the CRF and CoE will facilitate research and research collaborations. NITK’s virtual lab has been helping around 85 institutions across the country.
Board of Governors, NITK, K Balaveera Reddy felicitated the Union HRD minister. Earlier, the minister laid the foundation stone for girls hostel, boys hostel, inaugurated Laya, Shruthi apartments, Central Research Facilities and centre of excellences building all planned at an estimated cost of Rs 304 crore.
‘Shift NITK tollgate’
NITK Director K Uma Maheshwar Rao urged the Union HRD minister to shift the tollgate operating in front of NITK.
“Keeping the interest of girl students in mind, the toll-gate should be shifted elsewhere,” he said. His demand was greeted with thunderous applause.