Stressing upon imparting value-based education to students, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra said there was dire need to inculcate moral values among the youth for the overall development of the nation.
Vohra was addressing the gathering at the 44th Foundation Day of the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here on Sunday.
"The need of the hour for educational institutions, particularly those of higher learning, is to have competent faculty with versatile knowledge for bettering the standard of higher education," he said.
Vohra said there was dire need to make suitable changes in the education system to develop communication abilities and innovative skills among students, instead of imparting only knowledge.
"Instead of increasing the strength of institutions, the quality of education imparted by them and internal standards followed by them need to be enhanced," added Vohra.
"Our education system should produce such professionals, who are creative enough to help propagate the art of innovative thinking," he said.
Discussing the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, Vohra said, "The guru's teachings are relevant even today as they were 500 years ago."
He said self-confidence with determination, strong will and traditional values must be imbibed by the youth.
Vohra also called for more academic collaborations between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Deepak Pental, former vice-chancellor, Delhi University, Delhi; and Rattan Singh Jaggi, Professor Emeritus, Punjabi University, Patiala, also addressed the gathering.
Pental said despite having developed world-class infrastructure and academia, India was still lagging behind in many aspects.
Jaggi said Guru Nanak Dev's most significant contribution was the creation of new ideology, new egalitarian institutions and in the larger context, the establishment of community of followers.
GNDU vice-chancellor AS Brar also addressed the gathering. Earlier, the day-long celebrations began with the Bhog of Sri Akhand Path at the university gurdwara followed by shabad kirtan.
Pental also inaugurated an exhibition of rare books and manuscripts relating to Gaddar Movement and Sikh history at the Bhai Gurdas Library of the university. A folklore and painting exhibition was also organised by the affiliated colleges.
An exhibitory hockey match (men) between Punjab University, Chandigarh and Guru Nanak Dev University was also organised to mark the occasion.