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Go to villages to address concerns of rural citizens, minister urges students

Union minister of state for rural development Ram Kripal Yadav said on Thursday that learning from rural communities can mean vibrant academics

education Updated: Dec 22, 2017 17:26 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Minister Ram Kripal Yadav has said that technologists have to meet the rural needs and students have to connect with villages.(AFP)

New Delhi Urging students to engage with neighbourhood rural communities, Union minister of state for rural development Ram Kripal Yadav on Thursday said that learning from them can make academics vibrant.

“Engage and partner with neighbourhood rural communities. Learn from them and make academic activity vibrant and challenging. Days of going global have gone. We need to go to our villages and address concerns of rural citizens,” he said.

He was addressing the gathering at an event organised by the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI) where it announced the upcoming Mahatma Gandhi Abhiyan under which it would encourage universities across the country to promote rural empowerment and entrepreneurship through various courses and modules.

“Technologists have to meet the rural needs,” Yadav said.

He also underlined the importance of creating awareness among the youth to understand the problems and challenges plaguing the Indian rural ecosystem at the grass roots level while building their professional capacities and confidence.

“The government is committed to the upgrading of rural skills, preserving the culture and creating a sustainable atmosphere to encourage rural talent, entrepreneurship and technologies in every possible manner.”

NCRI Chairman WG Prasanna Kumar said that the organisation had devised rural immersion camps for National Service Schemes volunteers for structured learning experience.

“Other major areas of their involvement would be in Village Development Plans, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana and Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan,” he said.

The programme will be taken up across the country including in all Universities, IITs, NITs and IIMs.

“The current rural curriculum is being launched as a build-up towards evolving Mahatma Gandhi Grameen Vidya Abhiyan for Indian universities, marking Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary in 2019,”Kumar said.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 17:26 IST