M Venkaiah Naidu: Punjab and Haryana can do more for Punjab University : The Tribune India



Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 6

During his visit to the campus of Panjab University (PU), Vice President of India and Chancellor of UP, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu used the platform to urge universities across the India to ensure “peace” for the good of the nation.

In the presence of the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and the two Governors, the Vice President urged the two governments to contribute to the growth of the UP. “There should be closer interaction between universities and governments so that stronger policies can be formulated. I hope they (Governments of Punjab and Haryana) will give their full support to the university. It is the duty of the government of Punjab as well as the government of Haryana,” Naidu said.

While attending the 69th convocation of the university, Naidu impressed the scholars by beginning his speech in Punjabi and later continued to seek their support in the growth of the nation. Emphasizing the importance of using the “mother tongue”, he insisted that basic education should begin in local languages. He also stressed the importance of the new National Education Policy (NEP) in order to regain the nation’s lost “glory”. He also guided scholars to ‘reimburse’ college and urged those who wish to go abroad to come back and contribute to India’s growth.

“Mein aj tuhade saryein wichkaar a kar bahut khush han, sareyian nu meri shubhkamnawan (I am happy

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be among you all, greetings to all),” Naidu said to begin his speech. “There should be no room for divisions of caste, creed, religion and gender in the 21st century. We all belong to one country, India. Attention should be paid to academic excellence. The importance of cohesion and harmony in society should be instilled in students from an early age in our schools,” he said. While guiding universities to create a professional environment, Naidu added; “Universities need to create an environment of continuous professional development for teachers, while faculty members need to focus on innovative research and have their research papers published in reputable international journals. Universities should place more emphasis on patents enforceable under Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) to boost the economy and industry. It is necessary to strengthen the links between industry and institutes for better research results.

The Vice President talks about five virtues

Punjab University is in sacred ground where Guru Nanak and other gurus have shown that our lives should be enlightened by five virtues, “Sat” or honest and truthful behavior; “Santok” or contentment, not to be greedy; ‘Daya’ or compassion, ‘Nimrata’ or humility and ‘Pyaar’ or love of humanity and love of divinity. — Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President

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