Devise programmes to skill youth, governments told

India is blessed with youth power and with talent at that but they need skills, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Nachimuthu Polytechnic College in Pollachi on Wednesday.

Skilled youth were fewer and to skill the youth, governments should devise various programmes.

Changes should be made to curricula and teachers should lead the change. Inventions and innovations were equally important to take forward the nation, he said, according to a release from the institution.

Equally important for the nation’s growth was rural development. People in rural areas should get access to facilities and have opportunities as their urban counterparts and it was here that the Nachimuthu Polytechnic College founder N. Mahalingam was a pioneer, as he took a leaf out of Gandhiji’s teaching in starting the institution in a rural area.

The Central Government had also devised schemes for rural development by launching Digital India and Skill India programmes.

The release quoting Mr. Naidu said that rural India played an important role as it took care of the country’s huge food requirement. In this context, the students would do well to recall the contributions of scientists and policy-makers who launched the Green Revolution and the farmers who supported the initiative.

Mr. Naidu inaugurated the Arutchelvar Advanced Technology Centre and Mirakle Wellness Clinic.

B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, said thanks to the institution’s founder Mahalingam, the NIA group of institutions had grown from an institution with 120 students in1957 to 35 institutions with around 35,000 students and 3,000 faculty in the last 60 years, the release said. He also thanked the institution’s alumni who had donated ₹2 crore towards their alma mater’s development.

M. Manickam, Chairman, NIA Educational Institutions, recalled the growth of the institutions and highlighted various milestones reached in the past 60 years. M. Hari Hara Sudhan, Correspondent, NIA Educational Institutions, spoke about the presence of Sakthi Group of Institutions in various fields and across geographies.

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