Our uni­ver­si­ties need to stress on in­no­va­tion: PM

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI -

New Delhi: In­dian uni­ver­si­ties and higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions need to give equal em­pha­sis to in­no­va­tion as they give to knowl­edge, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said Satur­day stress­ing that life would be­come a bur­den with­out in­no­va­tions.

He was ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of ‘Con­fer­ence on Aca­demic Lead­er­ship on Ed­u­ca­tion for Resur­gence’ or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment.

The prime min­is­ter also em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of char­ac­ter build­ing over lit­er­acy and called for ‘whole­some’ ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

“Knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion are not re­stricted to books. The pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion is to en­able balanced growth of every di­men­sion of a hu­man be­ing which is not pos­si­ble with­out in­no­va­tion,” Modi said.

“In­no­va­tion is very im­por­tant be­cause with­out it, life seems like a bur­den. In our an­cient uni­ver­si­ties like Tak­shshila, Na­landa and Vikra­mashila, in­no­va­tion was given em­pha­sis along with knowl­edge.

“I in­sist that stu­dents should give knowl­edge in class­rooms

of col­lege, univer­sity but they also add them to the as­pi­ra­tions of the coun­try,” he added.

Stress­ing upon the need for “in­ter­link­ing” the in­sti­tu­tions, Modi said no coun­try or per­son can live in iso­la­tion. “Our uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges should be lever­aged to find so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing us. We should in­ter­link in­sti­tu­tions to in­no­vate and in­cu­bate. The stu­dents should link their class­room learn­ing to the as­pi­ra­tions of the coun­try,” he said.—PTI

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