Chandigarh, Oct 30 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the educationists and academicians to suggest ways and means to improve the existing system of the higher education to impart quality education to the students in the rural sector in the state.
Addressing the valedictory function of North Zone Vice-Chancellors Meet-2007 of Association of Indian Universities, organised by the Punjab University, Mr Badal said, ''At present in Punjab more than 70 per cent of the youth are deprived of the advantages of higher education due to inherent drawbacks in the existing education system.'' Quoting an example of the Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana which was basically established to impart quality education in agriculture to the students primarily with rural background, he said the university failed miserably in fulfilling its objective.
On the educational front, Mr Badal pointed out that the state government in its humble way had taken bold initiatives to upgrade the level of rural education by opening 'Adarsh Schools' in each block of the state to impart quality education to the poor but bright students. Besides, the state govt had also embarked upon an ambitious programme to upgrade three existing high schools in every block, Mr Badal added.
Mr Badal urged the colleges affiliated to the various universities to undertake extensive research programmes for the welfare of the people to address their problems in a humane way. He said the real goal of the education was not to produce merely students rather it should focus on public interface to respond to the day-to-day problems of the people and suggest viable solutions to ensure quality education, self-employment and value based education.
Addressing the Haryana governor A R Kidwai the function, said for attaining higher economic and social status the quality education to the people was the need of the hour.
''India has the largest scientific and technological potential and to utilise the same the universities should come forward with a new mission to raise the standards of education at global level,'' Mr Kidwai said.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Punjab University vice chancellor Dr R S Sobti and Association of Indian Universities President Y C Smhadri. Mr Harcharn Bains, Media Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister, was also present on the occasion.