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Preparing students to be job givers, not just job seekers: Education Minister Pradhan

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said students should prepare to be job givers and not just job seekers. He also spoke about the growing number of unicorns in the country as an indicator of a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem during the closing ceremony of a two-day conference of vice-chancellors of central universities and directors of institutes of national importance ( INI).

He also called for harnessing technology to further decolonize education as well as strengthening the alumni network and engaging efforts in the field of internationalization of education in India including the Study in India program. The minister further called on colleges and universities to aim for exponential growth to build a future-ready workforce.

Talking about the challenges and opportunities in the new tech-powered world, he said India has shown its technological prowess in various initiatives like UPI, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), Aadhar. “We must build on this strength and build a future-ready workforce to embrace the changes arising from Industrial Revolution 4.0,” he said.

The two-day conference was opened by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on June 7. The president is the visitor of 161 central institutes of higher education. Out of 161 institutes, 53 physically attended the conference while others are connected virtually. During the conference, the President also welcomed and honored some donors, whose generous contribution has helped build a culture of “giving back” and promote the goal of “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” in institutions. central higher education.

The conference was attended by Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar; Adviser to the Prime Minister, Amit Khare, Secretary, Higher Education Sanjay Murthy, President UGC, President AICTE, President, NCVET, Heads of Central Universities, Institutes of Higher Education and Senior Officials from the Ministry of Education and the President’s Secretariat.

In different sessions, the conference discussed various topics such as international rankings of higher education institutions, collaboration between academia and industry and policy makers, integration of school, higher education and professional, education and research in emerging and disruptive technologies.

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