On Monday, Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Minister of Education laid the foundation stone of Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The foundation was laid virtually by the minister. Within 20 months, the university aims to complete the building process.
The Vice-Chancellor of JNU M Jagdeesh Kumar said that when they decided to start schools, they did not want to repeat what other engineering schools were offering. They benefitted from their strength and designed a unique five-year dual degree course. He hopes that they will create engineers who were socially aware. They wanted to focus on agricultural management, MSMEs, rural industries, and rural development for ABV management school as well, as they know that in coming years these were the sectors that needed to be the factors of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Pokhriyal said during the live interaction that the day not only marked the foundation of the new buildings but also the foundation of the era of new India. He also added that JNU had the capability of becoming one of the best higher education institutes in the world. The two new institutions will prove to be an aide towards the aim.
Pokhriyal said that leadership is being taken up by JNU and it was working towards implementing the NEP which had been applauded across the globe. To ensure multidisciplinary universities across India as envision by NEP 2020 because of the setting up of the new schools.
Pokhriyal also said that the fresh graduates from these institutes and across India will not search for jobs but will be in a competition to offer most jobs. He added that students will then not compete for packages but patents.
Pokhriyal while talking about the much-debated topic of imparting education in the regional language that they aim to strengthen all the languages in their country. He asked while taking the example of Germany, France, etc that were these nations behind any nation because of imparting education in regional languages.
Pokhriyal also remembered the former Prime Minister on the occasion after whom the Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management has been named. Following the vision of Vajpayee, he said that the present government was making efforts to ensure education was accessible to everyone. In the past few years, the number of undergraduate seats has increased by 56 percent and postgraduate by 80 percent. He said that the number of IIMs has increased from 13 to 20, the number of IIIT has gone up from 9 to 25, and the number of AIIMS has gone up from 7 to 22 over the past decade.