ITANAGAR, Nov 23 - Participating in a discussion on the �New Education Policy� on higher education in the two-day 50th Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) suggested that the country�s education system should focus on sustainable livelihoods and economic development, and facilitate the socio-cultural well-being of the people.
Faculty members and students of higher education should also engage with local communities and real-world problems, and function in collaborative, inclusive and cross-disciplinary ways, he added.
The Governor said that India aims to increase employment opportunities comprising skilled jobs of a creative and multidisciplinary nature.
�The aspiration of our youth, especially from the hills and distant areas, rural and suburban areas, demands a revamped and re-energized higher education system. Intellectual honesty, knowledge, commitment and teaching ability should, essentially, form part of the sacred duties of the teachers,� Mishra said.
Voicing his concern over employability of graduating students, the Governor suggested a compulsory career guidance-cum-central placement cell with a full-time senior professor and an entrepreneurship development cell, and linking academics with industry. He said that education should be linked with employability enhancement subjects, while calling for skill-based programmes at the university level.
The Governor advocated for special fund allocation for innovation, promotion, execution and integration of the �Startup Policy� with the curriculum in higher educational institutions. To ensure accountability and discipline, he suggested installation of CCTV cameras in classrooms and biometric attendance for every member of the university fraternity.
It may be mentioned here that the Governor� meet was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday. The inaugural session was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Ministers of Agriculture and Farmers� Welfare, Law and Justice, Human Resource Development, Tribal Affairs, and Jal Shakti, along with Governors and Lt Governors. The Vice Chairman and the CEO of the NITI Aayog and other senior officials from various ministries are also participating in the conference.
The two-day conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions, including tribal issues, reforms in agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, the new education policy for higher education and governance for ease of living.