As a young nation, India will have the largest workforce by 2030. It is mandatory to achieve 100 per cent literacy for that. More than 62 per cent of the country’s population is in the 15-59 age group whereas 54 per cent is under 25 years of age. If we have to reap dividends of the youth power in proportion to their numbers, we have to build the future of our children through holistic education.
Only youth of our nation can realise the Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Sashakt Bharat, Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat (Clean India, Healthy India, Strong India, One India, Excellent India) vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a rapidly changing global environment, there are so many opportunities today that we can provide leadership to the whole world just by making use of our potential. We have the largest education system comprising 1,000 universities, 45,000 degree colleges, 16 lakh schools and 33 crore students. We possess the capability of changing the course of world history with our manpower. I think that quality- and innovation-based education is the foundation for making India an economic superpower and a global guru.
We are committed to finding a holistic solution to the challenges in the field of education by expanding its reach, improving teaching and learning techniques, attaining global standards in research, and linking it with employment and entrepreneurial sectors. It is heartening to know that brainstorming on how to attain the excellence goal as per global standards is already on at various levels.
The benefits of interlinking education and research are indisputable. If we talk about knowledge, science and technology, this collaboration is the easiest and most effective medium to achieve excellence. The most important factor in a collaborative research is to select the partner, which should not only be...