Ahmedabad: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani here on Sunday that Gujarat was the first to introduce the concept of sectoral universities with an aim to meet the increasing needs of skilled employees in the employment market.
“The employment market is continuously looking for skilled employees and this gap can only be bridged if there are sectoral universities with specialized courses,” Rupani said, citing the instances of universities like Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Forensic Sciences University and Raksha University, to name a few.
The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating Talent Search competition, 2019, ‘Tej -Trisha’, Modern Learner Support Center ‘Gurukul’ and Special Support Center Átree’ at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University here.
Rupani was of opinion that open university had changed the road map of education, because these universities serve the needs of those looking for education at their doorstep.
He said because of open universities education had reached all corners of the society and nation. These universities have helped many aspirants in making their dream come true through correspondence courses, which help working persons or house wives to study and get degrees.
Rupani said, “The biggest strength of the open university is that its campus has no boundaries, anyone sitting in any corner of the world can get education here.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister was of the view “that our education system should not only be subjective, or just producing professionals, but it should groom the entire personality of the students.”
“A strong nation or society can only be built if universities are powerful and produce great minds,” the chief minister added. “A strong society and nation means inclusive growth, where all get equal opportunity on all fronts. This can happen only if there is social growth for which good and qualitative education is a must. This is where the universities play a very important role in building nation,” Rupani said.
He said successive BJP governments had contributed immensely in developing education. “There were only nine universities two decades back, today there are 67 universities in Gujarat,” he said. Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Open University Vice Chancellor Dr. Ami, Principal Secretary (Education) Anju Sharma and Assistant Registrar of the University Bhavin Trivedi and officers of the university also attended the function.
RSS committee meets Rupani, Patel, Vaghani
A coordination committee meeting of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Gujarat and Saurashtra prants concluded on Sunday evening at Jetalpur on the outskirt of Ahmedabad city, in the presence of RSS Sarkaryavah (General Secretary) Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi, where they discussed various issues affecting people.
They discussed about the coordination between affiliated organisations and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani attended the meeting on Saturday, whereas the party’s state unit chief Jitu Vaghani, and General Secretary (Organisation) Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya went at the meeting on Sunday morning. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel attended the concluding session on Sunday evening.
Sources said the pressing issues of farmers and youth were discussed threadbare in the meeting. From the grassroot workers to Sangh’s national leaders as well as State BJP leaders, all get feedback about people’s mood and thinking about the BJP and its working through such meetings. It helps both Sangh and BJP to take corrective measures.
In such meetings, office-bearers of Sangh affiliated organizations and BJP leaders are guided by the Sangh leaders how to strengthen coordination for smooth functioning that helps in spreading ideology of the party and its government work.
According to sources, the primary agenda of the meeting was the submission of various reports of as many as 30 RSS affiliated organizations by their office bearers and discuss future plans. Young office-bearers were also trained in the workshop during the coordination meetings.