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Vice President Naidu visits Sikkim and lays foundation stone of Khangchendzonga State University

Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today called on universities to encourage scientific research in traditional knowledge systems such as organic agriculture and medicinal systems and to “rediscover our intellectual capital” in a systematic way .

Shri Naidu praised Sikkim, a leader in organic agriculture, for launching vocational training on the subject in all its secondary and secondary schools, in addition to releasing new primary textbooks focusing on sustainable development.

The Vice President virtually laid the foundation stone of Khangchendzonga State University in Sikkim. Shri Naidu, who is on a four-day tour of Mizoram and Sikkim, arrived in Gangtok today.

Emphasizing the important role of universities in accelerating global development, Shri Naidu observed that “with quality higher education, Sikkim can set the pace in making education an important catalyst for sustainable development”.

Shri Naidu said universities in the region need to develop links with industry and local institutions to devise innovative solutions to region-specific problems. “In other words, think globally but act locally,” he said and urged the students to take advantage of the region’s natural assets in ecotourism, horticulture and handicrafts and aim excellence.

Noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector in India, Shri Naidu said education cannot remain static and called for innovation and adaptation to the changing demands of the Marlet.

Observing that the digital component of education would be a permanent feature, Shri Naidu called for the democratization of technology to make learning opportunities more accessible and affordable for rural students. He also called on central and state governments to give a boost to the development of quality digital content in local and regional languages.

Observing that the pandemic has highlighted the importance of physical education, Shri Naidu advised educators and parents to ensure students’ participation in regular physical activities. He added that students should be encouraged to spend time in the lap of nature.

The vice president also suggested that “university programs must be constantly updated and improved and students must be qualified to meet new challenges and changing market demands”. Calling for flexibility and dynamism in courses, “innovation must be the watchword in the future, especially for higher education”, he stressed.

Hailing Sikkim’s efforts in higher education, Shri Naidu noted that the state has the highest Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) in higher education at 75.8%. He also appreciated the establishment of the Sikkim Education Reforms Commission (SERC) headed by the Chief Minister to ensure the sincere implementation of the NEP, 2020. “I commend the State Government for his proactive role in shaping Sikkim as the educational center of the North East,” he said.

Later in the day, the vice president spoke briefly with a group of students from Sikkim recently evacuated from Ukraine. He expressed his joy that the students, who were stranded in the conflict zone, were able to reach Sikkim safely thanks to the active coordination between the Indian government and the state government.

Later, Shri Naidu unveiled a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Raj Bhawan, Sikkim in the presence of various officials and dignitaries. Shri Naidu also witnessed performances of Sikkimese folk songs and dances at a cultural event hosted by the Governor of Sikkim.

Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Prem Singh Tamang, Minister of Government of Sikkim, Shri KN Lepcha, Minister of Government of Sikkim, Shri BS Panth, representatives of the public, students , professors and other dignitaries participated in the KSU foundation laying ceremony.

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