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 First Convocation  >>  Hon'ble Chief Guest

I congratulate all those who have got degrees either graduate or postgraduate in their chosen field.

Concept and Role of The University
From ancient times, education started in our country as Guru-Shishya Parampara (i.e.1: 1). Then the Gurukul (kul i.e. Gharana) system came into existence. In this, a group of students were attached to a particular teacher (and only that school of thought). This exists even today in classical music. But now we have come to stage of world as a classroom.
India gave the concept of University to the World (Takshashila and Nalanda). Traditionally, universities were engaged in dissemination of knowledge, evaluation and certification. However that is not the only role now. They have to be the centers of excellence and are responsible for producing the human resource for higher education.

Universities must encourage creativity, promote innovation and in general help develop scientific temper and inculcate spirit of enquiry.

The basic aim of any education is to produce good human beings. In Havard Business Review of July 2010. Dr. R. A. Mashalkar and C. A. Pralhad had written an article "Innovation's Holy Grail" saying that most innovation programs are built on assumptions of affluence and abundance. The more the better. However, they have advocated the concept of "Learning to do more with less for more people". A potent combination on constraints and ambitions has ignited a new genre of innovation (Akash Tablet).

This brings us to the subject of research. To promote good research we need to have:
1. Good Ideas (Need based, Applicable etc.)
2. Environment (Encouragement, Support, Infrastructure etc.)
3. Competitiveness
4. Collaboration with International Universities
5. Collaboration with Industry
6. Rewards and Recognition

Science is developing very fast. What was innovation yesterday becomes obsolete tomorrow. One has to therefore, keep pace with it. One has to keep an open mind. Even Einstein is challenged today.
The successful transfer of new technologies from research laboratories to the commercial sector has many benefits. It is a winwin situation for all university, industry, government, public etc.

Education :

Government has brought a bill on “Right to Education". We must also stress on "Right Education".
The enrolment ratio of higher education in India compaires poorly with the West. To correct this, we need more colleges, more universities, without compromising in quality. We need reforms in education lncludinq Health Sciences.
To keep pace with progress, the curriculum must be revisited frequently and updated. The assessment system needs reforms. It must be valid, reliable and objective.

Everybody learns at his / her own pace. Some are good in written skills others in verbal. Some are fast while some others slow but they may have good understanding and knowledge. We should devise a system to cater to all. It must be a combination of testing knowledge, creativity and critical thinking (Measuring Multiskilled Excellence). Now with the advent of ICT, the knowledge or people do not remain isolated in rural area, urban area or even in a country. With globalization there is free exchange of information, knowledge and people across the world. So our universities must have a system of education which is globally competitive and our product must be able to excel anywhere in the world.

There is lot of information available on the net but it must be converted into knowledge and wisdom. Thanks to lCT almost anything is available anywhere, anytime. It therefore affords flexibility in time, pace and place of learning. With the projection of population in 2020 it will not be possible teaching to classroom and colleges as in traditional system. We will have to modify it.

The objective of our system of Teaching-Learning is that it produces graduates which are employable. There are so many millions who are qualified and there are so many jobs in various sectors available. But our graduates are not employable. There is a wide gap between manpower available and skills required for the jobs available. Ultimately, a person has to deliver and so Govt. has established "National Skill Development Corporation" (NSDC) to train people in the skills which make them employable. We must be able to equip our young generation with skills matching their areas of strength and blend with focus of global success.

Several ministries in the government including the Ministry of Science & Technology have focused attention towards developing a knowledge-based bioeconomy in the country. The components include: world-class human capital, excellent research resources, stable institutional mechanisms and predictable policy framework.

A number of measures are being undertaken to build a world class human capital.
These include:

  • Linking under-graduate education and research - For example, 5 Indian Institute(s) of Science Education and Research have been established
  • Establishing new central universities (15)
  • Re-engineering existing university departments to make them inter-disciplinary and innovative,
  • Linking clinical research with engineering, and biology
  • Attracting Indian scientists from overseas labs to work in India through
    • Wel-come Trust/DBT India post-doctoral fellowships in biomedical research (up to 70 fellowships/ year) [Department of Biotechnology]
    • Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowships in biological and medical sciences [Department of Biotechnology]
    • Ramanujan Fellowships in Science & Technology [Department of Science & Technology]

  • Tata Innovation Fellowships: To encourage innovative and translational research [Department of Biotechnology]
  • Attracting young people to science through INSPIRE - over 1 million fellowships offered [Department of Science & Technology]
  • Finishing school in partnership with industry [Department of Biotechnology]
Side by side, the research resources are being beefed up through establishment of :
  • Biotech incubators, parks (10)
  • GMP scale-up facilities for pilot production
  • Repositories of biologicals of agriculturally and therapeutically useful organisms, plasm ids etc.
  • Large animal houses
  • Testing facilities for GMOs and LMOs
  • Testing facilities for GM crops and GM foods
  • DNA and stem cell banking facilities
  • Biosafety Level III, IV labs
  • Molecular and chemical libraries
  • S & T Parks
Also, to encourage inter-disciplinary research a number of new and novel measures have been taken of special interest would be :
  • echnology platform for animal vaccines and diagnostics
  • Life Sciences- and Biology-Intensive programmes in IITs
  • DBT - Partnership Grand Challenge Centres 17
  • Glue Grant programme to twin universities and medical institutions
  • Collaboration between Neuroscience Research Hospital and National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  • Chronic Disease Biology Centre at Faridabad
  • National Biodesign Alliance for Diagnostics and Imaging

In order to ensure that the vast knowledge built up in the area of science & technology is converted into actual products and processes for our society, my ministry has also ensured that there is an active programme of public-private-partnership. The Department of Biotechnology under my Ministry has programmes that fund industry through the Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) and Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP). Nearly 130 projects have been funded through these schemes, and early successes are already visible. In order to deliver these schemes efficiently, the Cabinet has recently approved the setting up of a notfor-profit company known as Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). The Department of Science & Technology has also successful mechanisms to fund P-P-P projects through Technology Development Board and Pharma Fund. The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has been successfully supporting industry through the New Millennium Industry Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI).

Further, to foster cross-disciplinary and trans-institutional research, the Department of Biotechnology is in the process of establishing 3 Bioscience Clusters at Faridabad, Mohali and Bangalore. The cluster at Faridabad will be focussed mainly on biomedical domain. In these clusters, clinicians, engineers, biologists and scientists can work together in an environment that promotes and fosters collegiality and innovation. The clusters will also have technology platforms, technology and regulatory services and technology incubators.

My Ministry is also building strategic international partnerships creatively in the areas of biomedical sciences and biotechnology. The partnerships are not only at country level (USA, UK, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan and Canada), but also with philanthropic global foundations such as the Wellcome Trust, UK; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA; International Aids Vaccine Initiative, Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Programme for Appropriate Technologies in Health etc.

All of you must be aware about Obama - Singh 21 st century Knowledge Initiative (OST) which aims and focuses on the formation of higher education partnership between US institutions and institutions of higher learning in India. It also aims at the development and enrichment of junior faculty at Indian Institutions of Higher Learning.
We therefore need to constantly assess the needs and aspirations, enhance the quality of education and training in India. Faculty must have opportunity for its development.

Since yours is a Health Science University, I must say that the basic aim of Medical education is t provide proper health care to one and all and even in remote areas i.e. by producing "Competent Physicians of First Contact". There must therefore be constant scope for updating the skills and knowledge trough "Continuous Professional Development" (CPO) programs.

You as healthcare personnel deal with human beings who have some health problem and are therefore under some stress and therefore it is necessary that you have soft skills besides your professional skills (E.g. Communication skills, Managerial Skills, Concern, Compassion etc.) which will make you not only a competent professional but a successful one also.

Some Advise To Those Who Get Degrees:

Emma Goldman had said, "No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true educator should be to unlock that treasure and not indulge and be satisfied with teaching as a routine work."
Wish you all a bright future and success in life.