Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that only high-quality education would ensure talented human resource required for sustained growth of society.
Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of an educational conference organised by S B Patil College of Engineering at Indapur, he said, “Quality of education still remains a big challenge for us even though we have considerably improved literacy rate over the last few decades. We cannot achieve and sustain desired growth solely on the basis of natural resources, but talented human resource too is imperative,’’ he said.
Chavan sought philanthropic support to develop public universities on the lines of models in other countries.
“Unlike a few progressed nations, our state universities largely depend on government funds for survival and development. It should not be the case and philanthropy is the need of the hour for benefit of universities. For instance, in China universities do not depend on government funding,’’ he said.
Chavan urged students to improve communication skills and develop all-round personality. “Develop multi-disciplinary approach towards studies. Think of ideas that can create wealth and improve society. Gear up to launch yourself into an international arena of knowledge, trade and science,” he said. The chief minister appealed to students to gain proficiency in English, terming it as an international language of learning, diplomacy and trade.
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State Cooperation Minister Harshavardhan Patil also addressed the gathering.
The conference, which is being attended by vice-chancellors of state universities along with delegates from across the country and abroad, will have discussions on different emerging topics in the field of science and technology. Over 100 research papers will be also presented at the conference, said a release.