Place : Gandhinagar Speech Date :10-01-2011
- Our strategy for a golden Gujarat is to create a society where learning is the DNA of the social fabric and learning is lifelong
- Knowledge's meaning is changing. It is now thought of as being like a form of energy, as a system of networks and flows…
- My vision is that each and every student in Gujarat be made employable.
My Cabinet colleagues, distinguished guests from Foreign Universities, Vice Chancellors of Universities of Gujarat, Ladies and Gentlemen!
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the State of Gujarat on the occasion of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit. I would like to thank all of you, particularly, the foreign participants, for being with us here.
Friends, this is a historic stopover in Gujarat's journey towards a knowledge Society.
As you all might be aware, Gujarat is celebrating 50 years of its formation as a separate state this year. It is not merely a celebration of the achievements but the vision of a Golden Gujarat – a Gujarat which would be a place of opportunity for all the citizens.
Our strategy for a golden Gujarat is to create a society where learning is the DNA of the social fabric and learning is lifelong…a knowledge society where what counts is what you know, not who you know. I promise a Gujarat where each and every child has the liberty to dream and has access to the best education in the world to fulfill it.
Swami Vivekananda, once said, “Education is the manifestation of perfection already present in man”. This saying has stayed as relevant in today's competitive environment where building qualitative ‘human capital' - the knowledge, skills and attributes that a person holds is the most important input into the knowledge-based economy.
Knowledge's meaning is changing. Knowledge is no longer being thought of as things that are developed and stored in the minds of experts, represented in books, and classified into disciplines. Instead, it is now thought of as being like a form of energy, as a system of networks and flows – something that does things, or makes things happen.
Knowledge is defined—and valued—not for what it is, but for what it can do. It is produced, not by individual experts, but by ‘collectivising intelligence' – that is, groups of people with complementary expertise who collaborate for specific purposes. These changes have major implications for our education system.
My vision is that each and every student in Gujarat be made employable. And in its quest, many steps have been taken from grassroots level to higher and professional education.
At the grassroots level, we have programmes like Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav which combat high drop-out ratio and low literacy level at primary education level. Gunotsav is another program which ensures quality of education by laying a strong foundation and conducting regular checks. Specialized Universities such as Children's University, Raksha Shakti University, Forensic University, Sports University and Petroleum University have also been established to meet the challenges of today.
Thus, Gujarat has taken up the task of establishing education systems that can secure strong and equitable learning outcomes, mobilise rapid improvements and show others what it can achieve.
Gujarat has been a centre of learning and excellence from time immemorial. During the time of the Maitraka kings, wehadthe third largest Buddhist University, the “Vallabhi Buddhist University” in Vallabhipur which attracted scholars from all over the world for higher education.
In modern times on more than one occasion, Gujarat has been at the forefront of the knowledge revolution. Globally renowned educational institutes like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), National Institute of Design (NID), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) are outstanding examples of Gujarat's commitment to knowledge building.
Today, Gujarat is surging ahead on all fronts like never before. However, economic growth cannot happen without a sound knowledge base. Tie ups with foreign universities would lead to intangible gains. Hence, the contribution of foreign universities to our industry responsive skill development programme would indeed be significant.
This Round Table on education which is an attempt to learn from each other has taken off on a very healthy note. We all, especially the Universities of Gujarat, are looking forward to having joint collaborative research with other Universities of the world on topics of relevance to our people and to the development of the State. Also, we are open to the idea of having frequent faculty and student exchange between Universities of Gujarat and other countries.
I am sure that during your interaction with counterparts in Gujarat, you would have found them to be eager and pro-active. Gujarat is known to be a State with good work culture. The people of Gujarat are known to be open and enterprising. I am sure; this quality of our people will charm you and help building a lasting relationship. It is the result of your interaction with you counter-parts in Gujarat that I find that many MOUs are already firmed up by today.
It is my earnest desire that Gujarat should develop at a faster rate in an inclusive manner. And for this, I am convinced that inculcation of knowledge and its sharing is very important. It is a tool for empowerment of the weakest. Therefore, the whole event of Vibrant Gujarat 2011 has got in all 33 knowledge sharing events. In order to institutionalize the activity of knowledge sharing, we propose to organize many more such Round Tables with the Universities of the world.
Friends! I once again welcome you to Gujarat. I hope that you stay here is comfortable and rewarding. It is possible that many of you would have come to Gujarat for the first time. I would request all of you to stay in Gujarat for some more time and visit some places. I also request you to be part of the two-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on 12th & 13th of January, 2011.