Updated: March 27, 2015 4:15:47 am
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday assured Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) that there will be no political interference in the university’s affairs and that his government will provide aid for it to excel and be included in the world’s top 100 universities.
Speaking at the GGSIPU’s tenth convocation, Kejriwal told the university’s vice-chancellor, “I am giving you a blank cheque. You make a plan and the government will fully support you.”
Kejriwal said political interference was responsible for the erosion of the education system.
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Encouraging students to serve society, Kejriwal said that “good people” refrained from entering politics but things had changed after the AAP entered the scene in 2012.
“Earning money and serving your family is one responsibility, but serving the society and country is equally important in a democracy. Going out and voting once in five years is not enough for participating in a democracy. If everyone just thinks about their families, India will cease to be a democracy,” the chief minister said.
Vice-president Hamid Ansari, who also attended the function, said the country needs to get more of its students to enrol for research in various fields. Expressing concern over the lack of focus on research, he said India’s output in producing PhDs is relatively small.
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