Governor Urmila Singh, on the occasion of the 45th annual function of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), on Tuesday stressed on the value-based education in the university.
Congratulating the students, faculty members and staff of the university, the governor underlined the importance of education. "Education is the most powerful instrument to empower any society," said she.
She said that the education develops progressive attitude in individuals, besides equipping them with knowledge. "Values of patriotism, discipline, humanity should be inculcated in the students so that they grow up as sensitive and responsible human beings," added she.
The governor added that the ideal atmosphere should be provided to students in educational institutions, so that their hidden potential could come to fore, ensuring all round development of their personalities.
"Teachers play an important role in nation building therefore must work with sincerity and dedication towards this task," said she.
Meanwhile, chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who presided over the function, said that such high-learning centers play a pivotal role in the development of the nation and shaping the career of its students, besides empowering them with knowledge.
He said that the HPU had traversed a long journey of 45 years and had emerged as one of the pioneer institution in imparting quality education to the students, adding that it was a matter of pride that the HPU had been ranked at 22nd position out of 170 universities in a survey conducted by an independent agency throughout the country, adding that the efforts should be to increase its ranking amongst first ten top universities in next five years.
The chief minister added that about 232 bighas of land had been identified for the same in the outskirts of the town keeping in view the future expansion of this institution.
"Time has come when more private houses were setting up universities in the state and rather, I except from them that they provide quality education to the youth and equip them with the latest trends and technologies in educational sector" said the chief minister.
Professor ADN Bajpai said that it was a matter of pride for the university to celebrate its foundation day with zeal and enthusiasm and expressed his gratitude to the governor and the chief minister to spare their valuable time.
The governor and the chief minister distributed awards to the best teaching, non-teaching staff and researchers and scholars.