naidu: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu bats for promoting R&D in all national development programmes | India News
Inaugurating the Puducherry The first government-sponsored Technological University (called Puducherry Technological University), said the research and findings of the institutions should generate new ideas and findings “to make the country stable, strong and prosperous.”
Naidu also said that it was cutting-edge research in science and technology that helped developed nations get ahead of other nations.
The Vice-President said that he had always stressed the importance of research and development in all areas of national development.
“It is innovative research in science, technology and other fields that puts developed countries ahead of the rest,” he added.
He further said, “If we are to make India a developed nation, we will have to create an ecosystem conducive to researchers.”
The vice president said that ideas should be promoted that help the country face the challenges derived from climate change, pollution, poverty and other health problems.
He called on educational institutions to “have greater interaction with industry to promote results-oriented research that addresses contemporary challenges such as climate change, pollution, health and poverty.”
Naidu said a massive literacy program was also needed with 20% of the country’s population illiterate.
“We must prepare our youth to end various social and artificially created barriers, including caste,” Naidu said, adding that all gender and social discrimination must end.
The education sector was one of the hardest hit segments during the pandemic, he said, adding that the massive free vaccination program to keep infection at bay was a major initiative across the country.
The vice president urged Puducherry lawmakers to conduct door-to-door visits that cross party lines and make sure people are vaccinated against Covid.
Most commendably he described the upgrade of Puducherry’s government-sponsored school of engineering that began in 1986 and has grown into a technological university now.
This would facilitate the introduction of autonomy to the university to start newer courses, he added.
Lieutenant governor Tamilisai Soundararajan who is the rector of the Pondicherry University of Technology, chief minister N Rangasamy, minister of home and education A Namassivayam and president of the assembly of Puducherry R Selvam they were among those present.
Naidu was on a two-day visit to Puducherry since Sunday.