In dealing with present-day challenges, one can draw inspiration from the traditional universities of Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramshila and Vallabhi which had set excessive requirements of educating and analysis, President Ram Nath Kovind mentioned on Wednesday. Addressing the fourth annual convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, he mentioned mentioned Indian students of in the present day ought to strive to create an unique physique of information which might be helpful in dealing with up to date international challenges.
“In dealing with today’s challenges, we can draw inspiration from universities in Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramshila and Vallabhi which had set high standards of teaching and research. Scholars and students from all across the world came to those centres to attain specialised knowledge,” Kovind mentioned on the convocation ceremony.
That historical system, which had many components of modernity, produced nice students equivalent to Charaka, Aryabhata, Chanakya, Panini, Patanjali, Gargi, Maitreyi and Thiruvalluvar. They made invaluable contributions to medical science, arithmetic, astronomy, grammar and social improvement, he mentioned. “Today’s Indian scholars should try to create such an original body of knowledge which is utilised for dealing with contemporary global challenges. JNU is among those select institutions of higher learning which can reach globally comparable excellence,” the President mentioned.
About the COVID-19 pandemic, he mentioned the entire world is in a state of disaster as a result of of it. “In the prevailing scenario of epidemics and pandemics, the National Education Policy 2020 states that it is critical for higher education institutions to take the lead in undertaking research in areas of infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology, diagnostics, instrumentation, vaccinology and other relevant areas,” Kovind mentioned.
“Related social issues also need to be studied, preferably with multi-disciplinary approach. In this endeavour, universities like JNU should be at the forefront in developing specific hand-holding mechanisms and promote innovation among student communities,” he added. The President mentioned all shades of Indian tradition are mirrored in JNU. “Names of buildings, hostels, roads and facilities on the campus are drawn from Indian heritage. This represents a cultural and geographical picture of India at its best. This Indianness is JNU’s,” he mentioned.