Bhubaneswar: Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday joined as chief Guest in the 4th Convocation of the Sri Sri University. Javadekar said that in order to promote research and innovation in higher education, his Ministry is working on the proposed Prime Minister’s scholarship scheme in which at least 1,000 best innovative minds would get monthly scholarships of Rs 75,000.
Reiterating the Union Government’s commitment to stop ‘brain drain’ and turn it into ‘brain gain’, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced that the Government is contemplating to build better research infrastructures in the country at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore.
“India lacks in innovation therefore, turn this adversary into your strength,” he said while addressing the students, particularly the graduating students, of the university, which was set up here in 2009 to impart holistic and value-integrated education with a mission to create centers of excellence in knowledge and research.
He also indicated that his Ministry is working towards reducing the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) control and giving more autonomy to higher education institutions so that these institutions get more freedom for better education and research.
Speaking on the occasion the founder of the university, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called upon students to face the challenges of life with a smile and confidence. He said education is not stuffing the mind with information but building a strong personality and inculcating great human values. He said his purpose of setting up the university here was to bring the best of East and best of West to this land of Lord Jagannath.
A total of 169 graduates and postgraduates received their degrees, of which 11 were awarded gold medals for outstanding performances in seven different courses, including MSc in Osteopathy, a method of treating patients by moving bones and muscles supplemented by therapeutic measures.
While Internet Tractor Limited MD Dr Deepak Mittal received honoris causa, three research scholars of the university were awarded with PhD on the occasion.