Published: 15th October 2020
Soon, the world will come to India to learn: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal
Naming the new infrastructure facilities after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharat Ratna awardees and the legendary Savitribai Phule will inspire students, added Pokhriyal
I would like to ask the students to progress keeping a strong vision and make it their mission to achieve their goals, Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal said. "We are prominently becoming a global education hub and the National Education Policy 2020 is making sure the academicians will study in India and stay in India. Soon, India will teach the world; and the world will come to India to learn," he added while speaking at the e-inauguration of IIT Kharagpur's new International Visitors’ Accommodation facility and two hostels for students on Thursday.
Further, Pokhriyal said, “With the strong foundation pillars of quality, quantity and access, National Education Policy 2020 is inclusive and will help education reach international standards. I am sure IIT Kharagpur will take the Indian education standards to a new unparalleled level. On this occasion, I congratulate Professor VK Tewari, Director, and his team at IIT Kharagpur and Sanjay Dhotre. Naming the new infrastructure facilities after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharat Ratna awardees and the legendary Savitribai Phule will inspire students for sure to become sensible leaders.” He also laid particular emphasis on the importance of physical infrastructure to achieve our goals of excellence in the global scenario.
The virtual event on Thursday also was attended by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Education, Professor VK Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, and other faculty and staff from the Institute. Pokhriyal also laid the foundation stones for two new halls of residence for students during the occasion.
The APJ Abdul Kalam International Visitors Residential Complex features fully-furnished studio apartments with modern amenities intended for full-time and part-time international faculty. Apart from 12 regular international faculty, the Institute also hosts international faculty from other foreign universities during the year for short-term courses under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) and other programs of the Ministry of Education and Government of India. The Institute also hosts faculty for long-term programs as well. Close to 50 such faculty visited in 2019-2020.
Speaking at the event, Sanjay Dhotre, said, “I congratulate IIT Kharagpur on unveiling the news infrastructure facilities. The Institute houses many world-class facilities and I am sure the Institute will be creating a new cutting-edge road map through the National Supercomputing Mission. I am happy about the unveiling of these new residence facilities. Naming the hostels on these eminent personalities will surely inspire the students.” He further emphasised the need for excelling in domain-specific studies and expressed his confidence that every IIT would select a few domains where they can become global leaders.