Hon’ble Union Human Resource Develpoment Minister, Government of India, Shri Prakash Javadekar visited Lovely Professional University on 18th March, 2017 as Chief Guest to the Management Conclave-2017 and the Annual Honouring Ceremony to recognise noteworthy achievements of LPU staff and students.
He was given a grand welcome to the campus, with a Guard of Honor, followed by a northeastern dance performance. The top university leadership received the HRD minister warmly, and escorted him to SDM where he lit the ceremonial lamp and rang in the in the closing of the Management Conclave 2017. LPU Chancellor, Mr. Ashok Mittal then delivered the welcome address and introduced the Chief Guest. He ended his address by complimenting Mr. Javadekar’s progressive approach to education.
This was followed by the HRD minister’s opening speech in which he complimented the infrastructure of LPU and called it the Nalanda of our times. He also said, “With vast cultural diversity on its campus, LPU is a global university. Learning at such a university is real learning that goes beyond books and subjects.” Talking of the prospering educational private sector, Mr. Javadekar said, “Only good institutions prosper, in this age of competition. Our government is working on public-private partnerships, where competition and collaboration between the two will benefit both sectors and ultimately the quality of education in our country. We want good education for every Indian.”
Explaining his new education policy, the Hon’ble Minister said, “The new education policy rests on 5 pillars – Accessibility, Quality, Equity, Accountability and Affordability. We are striving to make all education systems, prevalent in the country, clean and transparent.” Laying great stress on innovation and research, Mr. Javadekar encouraged LPU to keep up its research and innovation centric approach. He said, “We are the fastest growing economy in the world. To keep up the pace, innovation is the only way forward. Research and develop for the improvement of our society, and get patents as you can. We have great merit based scholarships for our country’s students to retain best of brains in india to actualize our vision of ‘brain gain and no brain drain’.” In this context, Mr. Minister also mentioned the Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN), under which Indian students will be provided scholarships and opportunities to work with reputed foreign laboratories and will have the liberty to come back to India and continue with their research.
The Hon’ble Minister also honored LPU students and faculty who have excelled at various fronts and won laurels for the university at various national and international events rolls of honour and cash prizes totalling Rs. 20 lakh. 6 LPU researchers, 20 students for their 10 pointer CGPA in their respective programmes, one international shooter, 20 national sports persons and 40 students for excellence in different cultural activities, were honoured. In addition, Mr Minister inaugurated LPU’s national level annual cultural festival ‘One India’, where theme this year is “Celebrating World Peace”. He also became a part of the faculty and staff’s tri-colour ‘Unity Walk’ around the campus.