Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has underlined the need for change in the mindset and perception amongst students towards agriculture,which was the backbone of the countrys economy. Delivering the convocation address at Govind National College in Narangwal,Ludhiana district,on Saturday,Tewari said rural colleges should introduce inspirational courses aimed at encouraging youth towards agriculture,which would help diversification in the sector.
He,however,added that private educational institutions in rural areas are making a handsome contribution in the field of higher education. The Union minister further said that a majority of students cannot afford hefty fees required for professional courses and hence private institutions,working on a non-commercial basis,have a greater responsibility on this count.
Tewari awarded degrees to 260 students and also awarded scholarships and stipends to brilliant and needy ones. The stipends had been sponsored by various donors including NRIs of the region. The minister also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the development of the college. He also promised Central help for setting up a Media Education Centre on its premises. He asked the management to send the proposal and promised its early clearance. Tewari had earlier granted Rs 5 lakh to the institution from his discretionary quota.
Earlier,the Union minister inaugurated an Indoor Shooting Range in the college,which has been built with a grant of Rs 50 lakh from the University Grants Commission. College principal Dr Hardiljit Singh Gosal and the chairman of the College Management Committee Pritpal Singh Grewal presented an award of honour to Tewari.