Vice President attends World Universities Summit virtually
“Universities must become thought leaders in finding solutions to global challenges such as climate change, poverty and pollution,” said the Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during his virtual address at the inauguration session of World Universities Summit organised by the O P Jindal University.
Naidu also asked all varsities to discuss various socio-economic and political issues that the world is facing. He urged them to come up with ideas that can be implemented by governments as per their requirements.
“Universities need to embed sustainability as an underlying mission across all activities they pursue in various fields,” he added.
The Vice President also suggested producing good academicians, economists and politicians who have good conduct, capacity, character and calibre.
The theme of the summit was ‘Universities of the Future: Building Institutional Resilience, Social Responsibility and Community Impact’ and Naidu called for promoting multi-disciplinary approaches and emphasised on collaborative academic effort to create sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges around us.
Sustainable development was the answer to many challenges faced by the world today and universities can play a major role towards this end, he said.
He also said virtual education cannot be a viable substitute for conventional classroom learning and there is a need to develop a hybrid teaching model for the future by combining the best elements of offline and online education.
Such a model should be both interactive and interesting for learners and teachers to achieve optimum learning outcomes, Naidu recommended.
“Through proactive critical thinking, learners should be moulded into leaders in their chosen fields, so that eventually they evolve into drivers of social change,” he said.
He also observed that COVID-19 has forced the education sector to innovate faster to help build a more equitable teaching-learning academic ecosystem.
“With our rich history of Vedas and Upanishads, we must strive to become a landmark knowledge capital of the world or Vishwa Guru, once again,” he further added.
The summit was also attended by the Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan and UGC chairman D P Singh
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