Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said to all the universities that they should focus on research. He laid strong emphasis on the importance of research and also said that universities are not “machines to produce degrees”.
The kind of education an institute provides to its students depend a lot on the kind of research work that is involved in it. He said this while he was launching the first academic session of the new Mahatma Gandhi Central University.
HRD Minister said, “Universities are not the machine to produce degrees, but should encourage research on various topics.” He also said that Union government is trying hard to make students understand the importance of education and how education can help in eradicating poverty in our country. The government is also trying to bring back all those Indians back who have done or are doing research abroad so that they can help the students and universities here as well, he added.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha were also present at the occasion. Radha Mohan Singh said that by establishing this university, the Narendra Modi government has fulfilled the dream of Mahatma Gandhi who wanted to establish one university in Bihar.
The approval for the establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi Central University was given by the Narendra Modi government in the year 2014. The education Minister of Bihar or any other state minister was not present at the occasion.
The Narendra Modi government has also given the permission to establish one central university at Motihari and the other one at Bodh Gaya on request of the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. Around 395 students have already taken admission in the new university.
Since resuming charges as Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar has been motivating students to come up with ideas and focus on innovation. Apart from encouraging students and universities to indulge in other activities that would help them grow, he has asked IITs to invest and focus on innovation.