Uttarakhand Governor, Mr. K K Paul was the
Chief Guest at the 13th convocation of Kumaun University and came up with some
invaluable suggestions, for enhancing the state of the universities in India,
as part of his speech.
Paul was of the opinion that in order to keep up with the changing times, there
is a need for universities to re-orient themselves and cultivate an academic
base which makes the students confident enough to face the world post the
completion of their education.
Addressing the audience at the occasion,
the governor said, "In this era of globalisation, universities face the
challenge of creating a global cadre of youth with education that helps them to
take up research and leadership roles."
"They need to orient themselves
accordingly to achieve this end. So that students feel confident enough and
have the skills required for start-ups and entrepreneurship," he added
Keeping in mind the changing times, the
universities should come up with special courses on a diverse range of skills.
"In a fast changing global economic scenario, our youth have to be
prepared with specific skills to face the challenge of competition and feel at
home anywhere in the world," said Paul.
"Educational institutions must draw up
curriculum designs that are not only more relevant and job-oriented, but also
"The Kumaun University has adhered to its
academic calendar which is an achievement. It has got an 'A' certificate from
the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and should ensure,
through sustained efforts, that it moves towards greater achievements," the
The Kumaun University has developed several
technological development and joint research programmes in collaboration with
international institutions. Such initiatives are highly commendable. The
University was also lauded by the Governor for its incredible initiatives in
the interior parts of Kumaun region.
However, he urged the university to pay more
attention towards patents and said that the research activities of the Nanoscience
and Nanotechnology Centre must be accelerated.
Mr. Paul also proposed that along with the
conventionally established disciplines, all universities should now make
efforts to build their curriculum around emerging fields such as information
and communication technology, environmental studies, bio-informatics and entrepreneurship development.
As concluding words of wisdom, the governor
also suggested that students should spend more time in the laboratory of the