The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) participated in the ensuing two-day Conference of the Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, which was inaugurated by the President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind on 23rd November 2019.
The inaugural session of the 50th Conference of Governors was attended by Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers of Home Affairs, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Law and Justice, Human Resource Development, Tribal Affairs, and Jal Shakti along with the Governors and Lt. Governors. The Vice-Chairman and the CEO of NITI Aayog and other senior officials from various Ministries are participating in the Conference.
The two-day Conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions, including tribal issues, reforms in agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, new education policy for higher education and governance for ease of living.
Participating in the discussion about the ‘New Education Policy’ on higher education, the Governor said that higher education plays a key role in the development of human beings. He suggested that the country’s education system should focus on sustainable livelihoods, economic development and facilitate socio-cultural well-being of the people. Faculty and students of higher education should also engage with local communities, real-world problems, and function in collaborative, inclusive and cross-disciplinary ways, he said.
The Governor said that India, as a nation aims to lead and increase the proportion of employment opportunities consisting of skilled jobs of a creative and multidisciplinary nature. In keeping with the need of the hour, Nation is planning for quality educational institutions to develop good, well-rounded and creative individuals.
The aspiration of our youth, especially from hills and distant areas, rural and sub-urban areas, demands revamped and re-energized the higher education system. Intellectual honesty, knowledge, commitment and teaching ability should, essentially, form part of the sacred duties of the teachers, he said, while trusting that educational institutes will be fully seized of these imperatives for its adoption.
Sharing his deep concern about employability of graduating students, the Governor suggested for compulsory career guidance cum central placement cell with a full-time senior professor and entrepreneurship development cell and linking academics with industry. He said that education should be linked with employability enhancement subjects, while suggesting for starting skill-based programs at the university level.
The Governor advocated for special fund allocation for innovation, promotion, execution and integration of ‘Start Up Policy’ with the curriculum in Higher Educational institutions, To ensure accountability and discipline, he suggested for CCTV cameras in classrooms and biomatrix for attendance of every member of the university fraternity.
The Governor recommended for multi-storeyed buildings to optimize land use, gender-based education system, strict regulatory check on mushrooming of commercialised private universities.