Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu directed all IITs and higher educational institutions (HEIs) to do research on societies and provide solutions to the problems faced by it. Naidu said Indian institutions will be counted among the world’s best only when they start impacting the societies around them by developing optimal and sustainable solutions to the problems faced by the nation.
He also asked the IITs to prepare for future pandemics like the current COVID-19 outbreak that has pushed classes and all celebrations online.
Naidu also added that this situation has to change and there has to be a concerted and collective action from all the stakeholders—governments, universities, educationists and the private sector to bring about a radical improvement in the standards and quality of education of our institutes of higher learning.
Congratulating IIT Delhi for emerging as a leader in the entrepreneurship space, the Vice President said “It is good to note that institutions such as IIT Delhi are producing job providers rather than job seekers and becoming trendsetters for other institutions in the country”.
Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Professor V Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi were also present on the occasion.