President Kovind additionally stated that women should be inspired to pursue technical training and excel in the identical method as they do in different areas, a press release issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan stated on Sunday.
The President stated that one of the goals of the National Education Policy is to make India a worldwide data superpower within the twenty first century and urged NIT Rourkela to assist obtain that goal.
The President stated the National Education Policy 2020 envisions that engineering institutions should move towards extra holistic and multi-disciplinary training with elevated emphasis on arts and humanities, the assertion stated.
“Raising the issue of less participation of women in technical education, the President said that in most of the convocations he attended across the country, he noticed that girl students are outshining boy students in liberal arts, humanities, medical sciences, law and several other areas. However, it has been observed that the enrolment of women in technical and scientific disciplines is low,” he stated.
“According to a recent survey, enrolment of women in engineering and technical institutes across India is only about 20 per cent. He emphasised that girls should be encouraged to pursue technical education and excel in the same manner as they do in other areas,” stated the assertion.
“He said that the growth and excellence of women in technical areas would add a new dimension to national development. It would promote gender empowerment at higher levels in the field of science and technology. It would also help women break the glass ceiling in one of the most important spheres in the world of the 21st century,” it stated.
“He was happy to note that NIT Rourkela has adopted five villages, as part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and was upgrading science laboratories as well as providing computer education in those villages. He also noted that a Poverty Alleviation Research Centre at this campus works for the less-privileged people of Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput region of Odisha. He appreciated NIT Rourkela for these commendable initiatives,” it stated.