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Governer appeals to universities to adopt villages, professor Rao asks students to focus on scientific studies

Uttarakhand governer, in a five-day toppers’ conclave, appealed to the universities to participate in national programs and adopt villages to ensure better rural development in the state.

dehradun Updated: Aug 08, 2017 21:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Governor KK Paul with the toppers.(HT PHOTO)

Dehradun: Uttarakhand governor KK Paul on Tuesday appealed to the universities to participate in national programs and adopt villages in order to ensure better rural development in Uttarakhand.

Speaking at the third five-day toppers’ conclave taking place at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun on Tuesday, that included scientists, head of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister, professor CNR Rao, Paul said, “Universities have greater role in evolving societies beyond their traditional academic activities inside the classrooms. They should come forward and play a leadership role in the social and economic progress of the state as well as the country. Teaching should not be confined to the classrooms .The programs of the national importance like swachh Bharat, adarsh gram, digital India, make in India and skill India need the participation of universities.” He said that universities should adopt some villages for proper development of rural Uttarakhand. “India will have to face strong competition from China and South Korea in the sphere of science in future. In today’s world, the country which has excelled in science can rule the world,” he added. “We would have to develop the habit of working hard and surpass other countries by strengthening our foundation of science,” said Rao.

Applauding the concept of conclave, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that such beginnings will usher in great changes in the academics of the state. He appealed to the public to contribute towards water conservation, afforestation and protecting girl child. “The state has 31 universities but little can be seen in the form of research that could help in the state’s development,” said Rawat.

“The state government will bring in more improvement in higher education. The process to recruit 877 college lecturers has been started and further improvisation is awaited,” said state higher education minister, Dhan Singh Rawat.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 21:03 IST