SME Times News Bureau | 21 May, 2019
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu aid that India has
emerged as an attractive destination for global investors and asked educational
institutions to maintain high standards and foster academic excellence.
He was addressing the Convocation of Great Lakes
Institute of Management, in Chennai on Tuesday.
Observing that India was poised to become a US $ 5
trillion economy in the next few years, Shri Naidu said there was a need to
remove economic imbalances, urban-rural divide, end gender and social discrimination
and enhance the prestige of all the institutions, including the Supreme Court,
CAG, CVC, EC, Parliament and State Legislatures.
He said that nobody should say or do anything to
undermine the sanctity of these institutions. There are appropriate forums to
redress grievances, if any, he added.
The Vice President said that India is the largest
Parliamentary democracy in the world and has a track record of effective
electoral system and conducting elections on a regular basis.
Describing elections as ‘Festival of Democracy”, he
complimented the Election Commission for conducting the stupendous exercise in
a peaceful and orderly manner.
Asking the graduating students to respect their
alma mater and always act to enhance its reputation, Naidu advised them to
focus on achieving academic excellence and become socially conscientious
He said that the atmosphere on university campuses
should not be vitiated by extraneous issues and added that he was happy that
barring a few, most of the 900 Universities were free from any disturbance.
The Vice President also told them not to neglect
their parents, mother tongue, native place, motherland and Guru (teacher).
He further said that they should also strive to
promote and protect the safety and security of the motherland. “Taking care of
fellow human beings is nationalism and not merely saying Vande Mataram or Jai
Hind”, he added.
He also emphasized the need for the education
system to inculcate ethical and moral values among the students.
Observing that management was not confined to the
corporate sector alone, Naidu said that the scope of management studies should
cover the rural economy, agriculture and allied industry and provide solutions
to make these sectors viable and vibrant.
Stating that agriculture was in distress, the Vice
President said that there was a need to introduce structural changes and come
out with new strategies and programmes to make agriculture profitable and
sustainable. Complimenting the Great Lakes Institute for making students to
interact with villagers under Karma Yoga programme, he said it was important
for them to know and understand the rural problems.
Naidu also stressed the need for Indian management
institutions to adopt globally accepted teaching practices, methodologies and
curriculum to ensure that our students are duly recognized in the global job
Indian institutions have to adopt globally accepted
benchmarks to achieve global prominence and align with other management
institutions. “Such academic alliances with institutions of international
repute, are a great way to provide learning experience to students”, he added.