Gandhinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind told the Central University of Gujarat students on Tuesday to work towards nation-building “so that our country emerges as the best nation in the world by 2047,” when India celebrates 100 years of Independence.
The president, in his address during the university’s third convocation, urged the students to assimilate Gujarat’s culture of self-reliance, entrepreneurship and self-employment.
“After 25 years, India will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of Independence in 2047. This generation of students will become witness to it. I want all of you to take a pledge to work towards nation building so that our country emerges as the best nation in the world by 2047,” Kovind was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Kovind termed the Central University of Gujarat as “mini India” as bright students from different parts of the country took admission. The university was set up through the Central Universities Act of 2009, with a temporary campus in Gandhinagar.
“I am told students from Gujarat constitute just 15 per cent of the total strength while the rest are from other states. I urge these students from other states to assimilate Gujarat’s culture of self-reliance, entrepreneurship and self-employment,” Kovind added.
Centre has allotted ₹743 crore for the university’s permanent campus coming up in Vadodara district, informed the president.
Kovind stressed that “local resources, knowledge and experience” should be given priority to make the country self-reliant, and asked students to use their knowledge for the betterment of society and the country.
A total of 73 PhD and 26 MPhil scholars, 121 post-graduate and 24 undergraduate students got their degrees during the convocation.