“Sustained self efforts towards achieving excellence in whatever we do are the need of the hour. This significant aspect alone can bring us into the global scenario. By 2020, the world youth ratio will be 70 per cent and the way we are growing, the percentage of our youth in higher education will be a sparse 12 or even less. We will have to strive hard to bridge this percentage (58 per cent) gap by focusing on education,” the MLA said on the concluding day of the National Students’ Parliament, organized by the Raisoni Group of Institutions.
Nagpur News: President of Maharashtra BJP, Devendra Fadnavis, speaking on second day of the National Students’ Parliament, organized by the Raisoni Group of Institutions at their campus at Hingna Road, was at his charismatic best. Devendra Fadnavis, the South West Nagpur MLA, as is renowned for, talked with fact and figures on the topic that he is passionate about and thus drawing an instant applause from the distinguished audience consisting of lecturers, professors, officials and, of course, the students.
Fadnavis said, “Sustained self efforts towards achieving excellence in whatever we do is the need of the hour. This significant aspect alone can bring us into the global scenario. By 2020, the world youth ratio will be 70 per cent and the way we are growing, the percentage of our youth in higher education will be a sparse 12 or even less. We will have to strive hard to bridge this percentage (58 per cent) gap by focusing on education,” the MLA said.
The State BJP chief exhorted the students to acquire higher and higher education and to be ready to avail of the demographic dividend by 2020. However, he added that there is a need to have a more practical approach in studies. Instead of understanding the theory alone, practical applications of theoretical knowledge need to be looked into. He also asked the students to go for more and more educational qualifications, acquire varied skills, expertise and proficiency for the best employment opportunities.
The Chief of Maharashtra BJP, Devendra Fadnavis, came out with a lot of crucial data in order to enhance awareness amongst the students and equip themselves accordingly to meet the challenges of 2020. He requested the Vice Chancellors of all the universities to create regulatory bodies for framing rules and regulations to deal with education system in general and fees structure of colleges in particular.
There were in all 3 sessions of the National Students’ Parliament on Wednesday.
1) Social Media Boon or Bane.
2) Indian Education System — Time to Change.
3) Indian Politics– Scams & Corruption
The BJP leader Sudhir Mungatiwar, who, in his dynamic style of delivering address, captured the hearts of the youth with his pointed narrations and anecdotes. He asked the youth to introspect and appealed for a resolution to ignite the power within them. “Think what I can do and not what others should do. People perceive politics as corruption. Yes, corruption is there and no law can curb the corruption. Corruption can only be rooted out with self introspection and joint efforts of all the people,” Mungantiwar asserted.
Another BJP leader and MP Hansraj Ahir, recipient of the Best Member of Parliament Award, who was instrumental in exposing the coal block distribution scam, appealed the youth to change the system by being a part of the democracy by playing the proactive role in bringing about the change. He said there are lots of hopes from the young generation as they are the pole bearers or the foundation on which the structure of Super Power India by 2020 would be built. Ahir gave an insight in the functioning of the Government-Administration. The administration always gave wrong statistics whenever the situation warranted. He added that not all politicians are corrupt.
Shiv Sena MLA from Ramtek, Ashish Jaiswal, let the momentum going set by Mungantiwar. He said that today’s youth have great power to stop corruption by being a part of the revolution.
All the speakers in their unique styles captured the hearts of the youth and appealed them to be the “Change Agents”.
The National Students’ Parliament was on Social Media: Boon or Bane. Dr. ADN Bajpai, Vice Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University set the tone with his opening remarks. He pointed out that social media was a plural of various mediums of communication. Since it was a medium it had no will of its own. It was for user to decide how best to use it.
Saurav Jain, thinker-in-chief, Echoveme.com, put forth his views with the help of ‘PPTS’ on how best social media could be used to enrich one’s life. How social media was beyond Facebook and Twitter alone.
Hemant Jain, Vice-President, Hungama Digital Marketing, in his elaborate presentation, took the audience through the nature and scope of social media and how it could be utilized to make one’s life the successful.
The third speaker of the session, Marathi stage Actor, Sunil Barve, said that use of social media was immediate and inevitable. It could not be escaped. Hence one should see how it could be used to supplement virtual message. Physical acts and action should complement the virtual action and messaging.
Dr. ADN Bajpai, in his concluding remarks, once again reiterated that one should not get addicted to the use of social media and one should be able to differentiate between real and virtual.
Dr. P.T. Chande, the former Vice Chancellor, Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, emphasized on raising the standards of education to great heights, so that students will be able to meet the global challenges. “The students today should inbuilt such qualities in themselves that will take them to great heights. The system is good but it is the students who have to create capacity to receive and retain the knowledge that come to the students.”
Dr. D. N. Jauhar, Honorary Dean of Faculty of Law, Guru Nanak Dev University, Chandigarh, suggested enhancement of quality of education. He focused on the aspect of upgradation of syllabus in the present education system.
Dr. K. B. Powar, presently Advisor to Chancellor of D. Y. Patil Institute, Pune, made the audience walk on the historical journey of education system from ancient, medieval to modern. Taking his journey from categories of education, changing scenario of education, distant education, purpose of higher education etc. he emphasized that privatization of education is to be encouraged but not the commercialization.
The last speaker of the session, Dr. A D N Bajpai, Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, asked the authorities to balance the present education system, which according to him, is lop sided education system which enrolls more in professional courses and social sciences suffers for want of students. He believes development through education can achieve great heights if students carry their nation’s culture with them, research and knowledge impartment remains the base of our education system.
Sumedh Kadam and Rahul Kishnani, the student leaders of the session, expressed their views on the present education system. Sunil Raisoni was prominently present in the sessions.
The student representatives Neha Singh and Ashwin Sorte also expressed their views and the views of their fellow youth mates which were very positive.
The National Students’ Parliament emerged a huge success with positive feedback from the audience and ignited the fire within the youth to bring about a revolution for a better future and their responsibility in making India a Super Power by 2020, a dream envisaged by former President of India and Father of Indian Missile Programme Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Director Dr. Ravindra Aher.
The programme concluded with the National Anthem.