November 19, 2020 3:22:04 am
President Ram Nath Kovind Wednesday mentioned increased training establishments like Jawaharlal Nehru College ought to be on the forefront of analysis on infectious illnesses and create “scientific hand-holding mechanisms”, given the present state of affairs of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He was talking on the fourth convocation of the college. A complete of 603 college students had been awarded their PhDs within the on-line convocation.
“Today the world is in a state of crisis because of Covid-19. In the prevailing scenario of epidemics and pandemics, the National Education Policy 2020 states that it is critical for Higher Education Institutions to take the lead in undertaking research in areas of infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology, diagnostics, instrumentation, vaccinology and other relevant areas,” mentioned Kovind.
“The related social issues also need to be studied, preferably with a multi-disciplinary approach. In this endeavour, universities like JNU should be at the forefront to develop specific hand-holding mechanisms and promote innovation among student communities,” he mentioned.
Citing Mahatma Gandhi, who mentioned training ought to be used for progress of the nation, Kovind mentioned, “I urge upon all of you to always remember the debt we owe to our society and the nation. It is your sacred duty to repay this debt by reaching out to the people who are left behind in the country’s journey for growth and development.”
“We attained political freedom in 1947. Attainment of social and economic freedom by many segments of the people of India is a work in progress. The country is moving in that direction. The guidance of Mahatma Gandhi and Babasahab Ambedkar for serving the country and its people should be followed by students of all the universities,” he mentioned.
Kovind additionally mentioned the newly unveiled statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus “will preserve reminding college students
of the common beliefs preached and practiced by Swamiji”.
Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar spoke of recent colleges and centres opened in JNU and mentioned the HEFA (Larger Training Funding Company) fund will “help in the development of university infrastructure and research/innovation programs”.
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