Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called upon the youth to strive to build a new India, which is free of fear, corruption, hunger, discrimination, illiteracy, poverty, caste barriers and urban rural divide.
Naidu asked the youth develop a constructive attitude and focus on achieving perfection in whatever they do. ‘Learn to preserve traditional values, shun negativism, develop positive attitude, be socially conscientious, peace loving and affectionate’, he said.
Interacting with Delhi University students, who called on him at his residence today, the Vice President said that it was Delhi University students. With India consistently achieving a growth rate of more than 7% for the past few years, he said the Indian economy was projected to become the third largest in the coming 10-15 years.
Saying that the future belongs to those who dare to dream and possess the courage, resilience and competence to create a better tomorrow, the Vice President said that one must strive to build an inclusive and a prosperous New India and usher in ‘Ram Rajya.
Asserting that knowledge would be the driver of Indian Economy, he called for reorienting of the higher education system to make it globally competitive. ‘The overhauling of the education system should totally eliminate colonial mindset and teach real history, ancient civilization, culture and heritage and instill the values of nationalism among the students,’ he said.
The Vice President wanted the students to develop an attitude of gratitude, empathy, sharing and caring and told them to become sensitive to the needs of fellow human beings. “You must be in the forefront in the fight against social evils, bigotry, prejudices and promote gender equity and inclusiveness”, he added..
Emphasizing that the time has come for India to once again emerge as the global knowledge hub, the Vice President opined that the seats of learning, especially the universities must reorient their ways of teaching, functioning and equip the students to seamlessly transit into the choice of their profession or enable them to become self-employed.