At The 72nd Convocation Ceremony Of Maharaja Sayajirao University In Vadodara, Chief Minister Awarded 345 Gold Medals
Sun, 04 Feb, 2024
The enactment of the new education policy has rejuvenated India's esteemed heritage of knowledge : Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel
Chief Justice of India Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud virtually delivered a convocation lecture to the students
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:-
A total of ₹ 55,114 crores has been earmarked in the state budget for education, representing a 26 per cent increase in financial allocation.
Universities are playing a key role in shaping and motivating the youth to contribute to the vision of a 'Viksit Rashtra’.
The State Government is committed to developing a 'Viksit Bharat' through 'Viksit Gujarat' by empowering skilled youth.
Students must utilise the knowledge gained from university to develop solutions for challenges and help generate employment opportunities.
Gandhinagar, 04 February 2024: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel emphasized that under the capable leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the implementation of the new education policy has rejuvenated India's esteemed tradition of knowledge. The CM pinpointed the influence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad on this new education policy. The CM further stated that the new National Education Policy advocates for education in mother tongue. Across the nation, studies are now being conducted in the mother tongue, even in higher education. Whether it's mother tongue education or innovative research, Indian civilization and culture remain central to knowledge.
At the 72nd convocation ceremony of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, a total of 345 gold medals were awarded, with 231 awarded to female students and 113 to male students. These medals were presented by the Chief Minister and dignitaries. Additionally, the Chief Minister unveiled a book published by the university as part of the event. The CM stated that under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the youth of the nation are witnessing a golden era, with universities assuming a crucial role in shaping and motivating them to construct "Viksit Rashtra". The youth are presented with abundant opportunities, a sentiment mirrored in the central government's budget. Acknowledging the robust and capable youth as the cornerstone of the nation's advancement, the government has notably increased the education budget by seven per cent under the Prime Minister's leadership.
The Chief Minister proudly announced that in the budget presented by the state government, the allocation for education has surged by 26 per cent reaching ₹ 55,114 crores. The CM said that the state budget has prioritized education significantly, alongside initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of the poor, youth, providers for their families, and promoting women's empowerment. Additionally, a sum of ₹ 10 crores has been designated to establish a research park in an engineering college to accelerate the development of futuristic and disruptive technologies.
Highlighting the budget's features, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel elaborated that ₹ 35 crores have been allocated for establishing centres of excellence in emerging fields such as green hydrogen technology, fintech, and sports technology in government engineering and polytechnic colleges. These state-of-the-art centres aim to offer top-notch educational facilities to the youth. Addressing the new graduates, the Chief Minister said that the transition into professional life begins with earning a degree. It is now their duty to give back to society by applying the knowledge acquired during their university education. The objective of education is to cultivate a more robust society and nation. Therefore, students must address challenges and assist in job creation through the knowledge gained from their academic journey.
Urging the youth to actively contribute to the realization of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of "Viksit Bharat@2047," the CM highlighted the goal of developing a globally employable workforce in the state. The State Government is dedicated to progress from a "Viksit Gujarat" to a "Viksit Bharat," harnessing the skills of its youth. The CM restated Gujarat's commitment to ensuring that a minimum of 100 educational institutions gain recognition among the world's top-ranked, with a pledge to secure spots for at least 10 of them within the top 250 globally. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel commenced his speech by honouring Maharaj Sayajirao and praising his contributions to the field of education.
Chief Justice of India, Dr. Dhananjay Chandrachud, who virtually joined the graduation ceremony, congratulated the graduating students, saying that today is their day. During his address to the students, the Chief Justice remarked that the students possess fresh ideas, unwavering confidence, and abundant energy to enact change. He urged them to develop their careers and fulfil their societal duties through service. CJI Shri Dhananjay Chandrachud emphasised education as a means of giving back and repaying society for its contributions.
Chief Justice of India, Dr Dhananjay Chandrachud, pointed out the vital role played by families alongside students in their journey from university admission to graduation. He declared that in today's world, education serves as the cornerstone for global enrichment. According to him, education goes beyond acquiring a career or a degree certificate; it aims to instil values and principles to foster exemplary and responsible citizenship. CJI Dr. Chandrachud viewed the higher number of female students receiving gold medals and degrees compared to male students as a noteworthy achievement for modern India, marking the current era as a period of significant transformation.
Congratulating Maharaja Sayajirao University for reaching its 75th anniversary and entering the auspicious "Amrit kaal," CJI outlined the pivotal role and significance of educational institutions in driving qualitative changes within society and the nation. He applauded the endeavours of educational institutions in spearheading reforms.
Arriving in the cultured city of Vadodara fills us with immense pride, stated Shri Rushikesh Patel, the Minister of Education, as he addressed the graduating students as the first of the University's "Amrit Kaal". Congratulating the students as they embark on their journey into social life, the education minister asserted that it is the responsibility of today's educated youth to uphold and realize the vision of 'Viksit Bharat' given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The Minister emphasized that the opportunity to realize a "Viksit Bharat@2047," and to witness, experience, and take pride in India's status as a "Viksit Desh," is within the hands of today's graduating students. Highlighting the significant number of female students receiving gold medals, he added that it conveys the importance of discussions on change and development.
Shri Rushikesh Patel emphasized that the newly crafted education policy, rooted in Indian culture, will eradicate the mentality of subservience and usher in a new era for India. He stressed that this policy will lay the foundation for the nation's future development. According to the new education policy, students who adapt their studies to the rapidly changing times and evolving needs will play a crucial role in nation-building endeavours. Providing motivational counsel to the students, the Education Minister encouraged them to attain success by embodying the timeless principles of eschewing envy and ego and steadfastly advancing on the path of duty with enduring patience.
Shri Rushikesh Patel highlighted that both the Central and State budgets outline a roadmap for the upcoming 25 years infused with national spirit. He urged the students attending the graduation ceremony to embody the ethos of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.' The Minister appealed to people to work with unwavering determination to elevate India's name and glory to new heights as it progresses in the global arena with a sense of patriotism.
Chancellor Rajmata Shri Shubhangini Devi Gaekwad conveyed her heartfelt wishes to the graduates for a prosperous journey ahead. She urged the graduates to maintain the esteemed reputation of the university through their exemplary behaviour, moral values, and dedication to serving humanity and fostering prosperity. She highlighted the invaluable contributions made by the royal family of Vadodara to the university. Encouraging the graduates to leverage their acquired knowledge to enhance India's global standing, she emphasized the importance of their transition from student life to active societal participation.
During his welcome speech, Chancellor Dr. Vijay Srivastava narrated the accomplishments of diverse university departments. Among the esteemed guests present at the event were Mayor Smt. Pinkiben Soni, MP Smt. Ranjanben Bhatt, MLA Smt. Manishaben Vakil, along with Shri Keur Rokadia and Shri Bharat Dangar, along with the members of university management.