10th CIU National Excellence Awards Presented to Various Achievers,New Delhi
The 10th Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) Anniversary was celebrated at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 5th October, 2014 which coincided with the United Nations World Teacher’s Day (WTD).
On the momentous occasion of WTD and the 10th CIU Anniversary, lifetime Achievement Awards were given to philanthropist SP Singh Oberoi of ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ Charitable Trust Fame, Guru Dronacharya awardee and wrestling coach Ram Phal, and world renowned devotional singer Narender Chanchal for their contribution in their respective fields by Governor of UP Ram Naik and Governor of Kerala Justice P. Sathasivam. In a glittering function organized by the CIU, various schools like DPS RK Puram, Kendriya Vidyalaya, St George’s School, Navyug School, Gyan Mandir, Apeejay, Bal Bharti Public School etc. were awarded the National Excellence Awards for their outstanding contribution in the field of education. The awards on the different schools were conferred by the Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Representatives from Spain, Bolivia, Guinea, Malawi, Indonesia, and Denmark.
The Books titled “Kerala: Past, Present and Future” and “Uttar Pradesh: Past, Present and Future” authored by noted Institution Builder Prof PR Trivedi were released by the Governor of Kerala and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh respectively.
These Books contain all the relevant information regarding these states like the history, prehistory, culture, economy, education, industry, demography, tourism and infrastructure. Governor Ram Naik expressed optimism that the publication would get widely circulated in the State of Uttar Pradesh and help in alluring tourists from all over the world to the cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh. The launch of the project “Cleanliness, Hygiene and Sanitation Education (CHASE)” evoked a euphoric response from the audience as well as the distinguished guests. SP Singh Oberoi pledged the unstinting support of his trust Sarbat Da Bhala in the Project CHASE, and assured Prof Trivedi that he and his team would join hands with them in realizing the mission of Clean India, Beautiful India.
The CIU also unveiled an 800 pages directory “2014 Indian Universities Directory” comprising details of 720 universities including Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed Universities, Institutions of National Importance and the State Legislated Private Universities.
In the individual category, management educator Dr DK Batra, pedagogical activist Urmila Sharma, spiritualist Dr Tejbir Singh Khokhar, Holistic medicine physician Dr RK Tuli, crusader Sudha Sharma, educational activist Dr Ravi Jyee, interior designer Rahul Chandola, green architect Anurag Khandelwal, international activist Gregory Bergulund and entrepreneur Sanjay Gupta were presented the National Excellence Awards.
The CIU endorsed the charitable work of “Sarbat Da Bhala” and made a special mention of how SP Singh Oberoi through his international charitable trust, “Sarbat Da Bhala” had been been involved in various humanitarian missions since the last three decades. Founder Sdr. S.P.S. Oberoi.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Gustavo de Aristegui while detailing the tertiary education scenario in Spain invited the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) to visit the different Universities in Spain for ensuring mutual and technical cooperation.
The Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Prof. Jorge Cardenas Robes announced academic tie-ups between India and Bolivia for international education projects with a view to implementing action oriented programmes in both the countries.
The Ambassador of Guinea Alexandre CeCe Loua wanted educational cooperation between India and Guinea for reducing the wastage in education and for solving the burning problems of the educated youth of India and Guinea.
The High Commissioner of Malawi Dr. Perks Ligoya wanted Indian educational experts to go to Malawi for heading different Universities for bringing efficiency and productivity in the tertiary educational systems as there is a lack of trained educational man power in Malawi.
The Deputy Ambassador of Indonesia Tito Dos Santos Baptista wanted India and Indonesia to further strengthen the educational protocols for benefitting both the countries and the present number of students studying from India and Indonesia by leaving their countries for better specializations.
The Innovation and Research Counsellor in the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark Kristoffer Brix Bertelsen expressed hope that India and Denmark would work together for quality higher education by exchanging information between the two countries.
In his keynote address, the CIU President, Chancellor Prof. P R Trivedi opined, “The main problems in almost all States and Union Territories of the country was relating to peacelessness, poverty, unemployment, pollution and population explosion. In order to solve these problems, the solution could be in creating more and more jobs by also preparing a competent cadre of young professionals equipped with vocational and skill based knowledge. India will be needing more than 550 million trained persons by the year 2024. That means, one third of every State’s population will be required to become fully skilful. Accordingly Uttar Pradesh will have to produce 85 million skilled persons by the year 2024 and accordingly 8.5 million skilled persons every year. I hope that the 2100 types of programmes designed by CIU in different areas related to hospitality, health care, environmental science, disaster management, tourism, geriatric care, remote sensing, bioinformatics, journalism, mass communication, information technology, e-governance, good governance will help the implementing agencies in providing training and research facilities to the young boys and girls. I am of the view that while our country with 1250 million population has many problems, there are numerous excellent possibilities for helping the entire world. In order to achieve the appropriate targets, the urgent need is of providing value based education at the School, College and the University levels Institutions so that the movement for character building is speeded up swiftly. There has to be a mass movement by bringing attitudinal and behavioural change among the minds of the educators, teachers, trainers and didactics. I am critical of more than the required number of regulations to control tertiary education. I must thank the Government of India as it has decided to withdraw many of the old and obsolete laws, rules, regulations and statutes as they were slowing the process of developmental. Same is the case with education and training. There are more number of statutory bodies dealing with education which are not required in the present context. The Universities in India are responsible as well as autonomous organizations. They should be given full freedom to design their curriculum, conduct classes, prepare instructional materials and provide necessary support to the students to either seek jobs or to provide jobs by throwing themselves into the entrepreneurial fields.”