Celebration of the 53rd Foundation Day of the University of Himachal Pradesh
The Governor, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, today participated as a guest of honor in the 53rd Foundation Day of the University of Himachal Pradesh (HPU), Shimla. Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj and Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur were also present on the occasion.
While congratulating the faculty members and students of HP University on its 53rd founding day, Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar said in his keynote address that the purpose of education should be to make a cultivated and refined human being.
Therefore, we get this flow of knowledge by reading good books other than textbooks, which contributes to overall development, he added. He said that today we have to think differently. “Our education should lead us towards entrepreneurship and universities should work positively in this direction,” he added and said that our learning should be in line with the current demand of society and the curriculum should be set. Consequently.
He said there was a time when the curriculum was decided based on the requirements of industries, but today what society needs matters. He said education that was limited only to getting a job should be considered today.
Shri Arlekar said that this 53-year journey means a lot. It was necessary to analyze the gains and shortcomings of this trip, he added. Emphasizing the need to improve the rating of the university, he said that nowadays a student definitely takes information about his rating before joining any institute, so we all should try to improve the rating together.
The Governor also laid the groundwork for the Manikaran Girls Hostel which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 8.11 Crore funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India under the leadership of Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana. The hostel will be built on an area of 4410 square meters.
He inaugurated the painting workshop on the theme “My University” set up by the departmental interdisciplinary studies on the occasion of the University’s Foundation Day. The governor published “Himshikhar”, “Navonmeshi” and other academic magazines, books, pamphlets published by the University and teaching and non-teaching faculties.
The Governor also awarded “Shreshth Chatr Samman, Shreshth Karamchari Samman, Best Young Researcher Award, Best Researcher Award, Best Teacher Award on the occasion. The Governor also honored Professor Chander Mohan Parshera for improving the internal quality of the University.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said today is the New India and we are moving towards self-reliance and that is also the goal of education. He detailed various aspects of the national education policy and said that the Union and State governments have made special budgetary provision for educational research.
He said there has been a vast expansion of education in recent years. Drawing attention to the historical background of the University of Himachal Pradesh, he said the university was established here as a conducive environment for education.
On the day of the foundation, we should all reflect on the direction in which we should evolve in the years to come, he added. He said that the university has a glorious history and many great figures of the country and administrators have passed from this university.
He said that he also studied at this university and was the first law graduate from the university. Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur said it was a day to remember those who contributed to the achievements of the university.
He said that we should pledge today to develop it as the best institute in the country by making a significant contribution. He said that many students who come out of this university occupy the highest positions in the country.
He said that India has set many records in the field of research but we also need to move forward in the direction of professional education. He said the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur has established Sardar Patel University in Mandi to further promote research and quality education.
He said students are the future of the country which should be energetic and bright. The responsibility for this fell to our teachers and the Prime Minister raised the importance of teachers.
He said that the developed nations of the world work in their mother tongue, so the NAP promotes studies in their mother tongue. He said this policy has been helpful in making India a “knowledge powerhouse”.
Previously, the HPU Vice Chancellor, Prof. SP Bansal welcomed and honored the Governor and other distinguished guests present on the occasion. He said it was a day of self-retrospection as a teacher and a student. “What we have done for our institution and society,” he added.
He said he worked on three issues during their tenure as vice-chancellors, including higher education management, higher education reorientation and higher education quality.
He said education should be for making life. He said the university has taken several steps, including the implementation of the national education policy. Registrar Balwan Singh moved the vote of thanks.
Members of the Executive Council of the University Cour Universitaire, Founder, Director, Head of Department and non-teaching staff were also present on this occasion.