PRAYAGRAJ: Union minister for education, skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said “a detailed study would be conducted by Allahabad University as to how the state of Uttar Pradesh has become a ‘samarth rajya’ (capable state) from a ‘bimaru rajya’ (sick state).”

The study would be conducted by the academics working at the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay chair, which is being set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) at AU on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pradhan said while speaking as the chief guest at AU convocation held at the historic Senate Hall of the Arts campus.

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The minister further said that the Modi-led government at the Centre aimed at improving the life of the common man standing on the last starta of the society and universities can play an important role in this regard. “Researches should not be limited to getting papers published in reputed journals or promoting academics, but for the betterment of the society,” said Pradhan.
Pradhan also appealed to the AU authorities as well as the institutes of higher studies in the country to implement employable courses as per the new National Education Policy (NEP).

He also called upon the experts of the department of sociology of AU to conduct research on the migration of people witnessed in the country during the pandemic. He also applauded the efforts of the central Government in facing the challenge arising out of the pandemic.

“In March-April 2020, our country did not have enough face masks or PPE kits, and now we produce not one but two effective vaccines against the coronavirus and also help several countries by providing these vaccines to them and that too without any precondition, unlike what China does,” the minister said while appreciating the effort done to combat the pandemic in the country.

Asking the academicians to promote regional languages, the minister said that “the country does not hate English, but it does not mean that regional languages are neglected”. He also gave examples of different developed nations like Japan and China, wherein their major language is not English and yet they have developed so much.

The minister also asked the varsity authorities to expedite the process for filling up the vacant teaching positions on the campus. “As the country marches ahead to become a world leader, AU should also play an important role in preparing its students to contribute in this direction.”

Meanwhile, CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and AU Chancellor Ashish Kumar Chauhan, in his address said he “is overwhelmed to be part of the AU”. He added it is an honour for him to be Chancellor of an institution which has contributed immensely in shaping the future of the country.

Chauhan said that he would do anything to see to it that this great university continues to do the same in the future. He also expressed happiness over the fact that out of the 260 medals given to the students in the convocation, around 150 have been won by girl.

AU vice-chancellor Prof Sangita Srivastava, in her address spoke about the development work done at AU and its academic achievements, including setting up of an Incubation Centre at the university.

During the convocation ceremony, 10 meritorious students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) were awarded Chancellor’s medals for academic sessions 2018-19 and 2019-20, including four gold, four silver and two bronze.

Medals were awarded to 263 toppers and PhD degrees to about 550 research scholars.

The minister also inaugurated the Major Dhyan Chand Student Activity Centre located in the Faculty of Science. Prof Srivastava inaugurated the newly constructed Chandrashekhar Azad International Hostel and the Gargi Girls Hostel was inaugurated by Chauhan.

UP cabinet ministers Siddharthnath Singh and Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, BJP members of Parliament Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Keshari Devi Patel and Indian hockey coach Piyush Dubey were among the distinguished guests present on the occasion.





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