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October 22, 2018

Vice President of India addresses Convocation of Lovely Professional University at Phagwara, Punjab

Vice President Naidu, Professional University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, arrives at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting, at the Europa Building, in Brussels, Belgium on October 18, 2018. [File Photo]

Phagwara, Punjab, India. October 22, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today exhorted universities and higher educational institutions in the private sector to earmark a certain percentage of seats for the weaker sections and subsidize their education.

Mr. Naidu was delivering the 9th Convocational Address of the Lovely Professional University at Phagwara, Punjab.

The Vice President pointed out that the public sector alone cannot provide quality higher education for all and the private sector must pitch in. He said that industries and the private sector, in general, should supplement the efforts of the government in making quality education available to all. “Our challenge is to ensure the spread of knowledge to every section and every corner of our country,” he added.

Calling for a complete overhaul of our education system, the Vice President said that majority of our colleges had become breeding centers for producing students with degree certificates rather than individuals with critical analytical skills.

“In the 2019 Times Higher Education’s global rankings, no Indian University has figured in the top 200 institutions. These rankings underscore the need for higher education institutions to improve the standards by leaps and bounds to make them globally competitive,” Mr. Naidu stated.

“Dear graduating students, today is an occasion to remember fondly for the rest of your lives. Strive to become independent thinkers and use your knowledge and competencies for the betterment of society for building a strong, modern and prosperous India,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am quite happy to be in this beautiful and imposing campus of Lovely Professional University to participate in its Convocation. I want to congratulate LPU, a young university, for its enthusiasm to provide quality education and prepare students to face the challenges of the global society in the 21st century,” the Vice President concluded.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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