President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday highlighted that Raj Bhavans must take the lead in adopting modern technology and methods.
“By using a wide variety of IT initiatives, including real-time dashboards, Raj Bhavans can create a demonstration effect and motivate other institutions,” the President said at the two-day 49th Conference of Governors which concluded at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In his closing remarks, Mr.Kovind expressed satisfaction that the participants contributed to meaningful discussions. He was confident the deliberations would strengthen “our national effort to improve the lives of every Indian.”
Noting that today (June 5) is World Environment Day, he said that the approach of ‘Think Global, Act Local’ is considered effective for environment protection.
“Keeping in mind the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Accord and the International Solar Alliance, local and state-level contributions are very important to achieving national goals. The Directive Principles of our Constitution specifically mention issues of the environment and conservation of forests and wildlife. In this context, Governors can make efforts to develop Raj Bhavan complexes and state universities as an environmental ideal,” he further said.
The President said that Governors can inspire universities towards USR (University Social Responsibility). University students should visit villages at regular intervals. They should engage with residents of the village in regard to cleanliness, literacy, immunisation and nutrition programmes. Governors could hold discussions with Vice Chancellors to make the ‘Swachhta Internship’ programme more effective.
Mr.Kovind urged Governors to convene meetings of Vice Chancellors of state universities from time to time. He was happy that some Governors were already doing this. He emphasised that the agenda of such conferences could be decided in consultation with the VCs. And to find quick solutions, representatives of State Education and Finance Departments, as well as officials from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the UGC and other institutions, could be invited.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the various discussions and inputs shared during the Conference and called upon Governors to strengthen the “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat” initiative, which promotes partnerships, cultural exchanges and people to people linkages among States. He emphasized the need to build new ways to promote harmony and integration among the various States of India.
Mr.Modi urged Governors, in their capacity as Chancellors, to call upon Universities to promote excellence in various spheres of academics. He said that Indian Universities must aspire to be among the world’s best, and Governors can play a crucial role in catalysing their transformation. In this context, he mentioned the Union Government’s initiatives to promote autonomy in IIMs, and among top 10 public and top 10 private Universities.
The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is working towards promoting “ease of living” for the common man. He said that Governors, through their vast experience in public life, can motivate civic agencies and government departments to work with commitment towards this cause.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the Union Government’s ambitious health assurance scheme Ayushman Bharat.
He added that occasions such as the seventy-fifth anniversary of freedom in 2022, and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, can serve as inspirational milestones for achieving development goals and targets. He said the upcoming Kumbh Mela could also serve as an important occasion for promoting nationally relevant causes.