Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) registrar Dr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has said that increasing the expenditure on education at all levels was necessary to ensure sustained development and progress of the country. The registrar was addressing the convocation of Government College and bestowed MA Economics, BA, BSc Medical, BSc non-Medical, B Sc Economics, BSc Computer Science, BCA and BCom degrees on Monday.
"The government should not leave the field of education to the private sector as most students belong to poor families who were not able to afford higher education at private institutions," he said.
Expressing his concern over the decreasing number of students for higher education in India, Dhillon added that studies showed that only 3.4 per cent of students went in for higher education, while an average of 12 per cent of students joined higher education in the other leading countries. Dhillon emphasised that improvement in the quality of education and its affordability to the poor of the country was must to ensure all-round equitable development.
"The poor form quite a large chunk of the population and thus it is imperative to ensure that education is available to them and whatever is taught is job-oriented," he added.
He also praised the GNDU for attaining 11th position, among 375 universities of the country, adding that in the fields of sports and cultural activities it occupied the first or second position. "I congratulate the students, their parents and college staff. My advice to students is to work harder than they did in getting degrees from now on to ensure that their life is a success."
College principal Bhupinder Kaur also addressed the gathering and emphasised the importance of hard work.