“Around 23 crore children in India are in schools owing to the effective promulgation of the Right to Education Act. We have to set the avenues ready for these children so that they can better themselves in life after finishing their schools,” said Union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju here on Sunday.
He was addressing the students of Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College at the 18th Graduation Day. “India has 18 per cent GDP. We should strive to take it forward to at least 30 percent in the next five years,” he said.
According to Mr. Raju, 96 percent of the child population in India are in schools. “We have to create avenues for these children to better themselves when they complete their schools, to enter higher education and to find a job”, he said.
The Union Minister also urged for contribution from all the sectors for the growth of the nation. “We have grown as a service economy and the software engineers have significantly contributed to the GDP by entering the global market. There are other fields such as automobiles, commerce and humanities that need to contribute to the growth,” he added.
He expressed concern over the decline in the manufacturing capabilities of the nation in the past five years. “Students should remember that they are living in an era of knowledge, where they should not confine themselves to academics. The courses should be devised with the needs of industries in mind and by the time the students complete their courses, they should be able to start their own industries,” Mr Raju said.
The Minister conferred degrees on 780 students from various streams such as English, Maths, Tamil, Economics, History and Chemistry. M. Vijayaraghavan, Secretary of the college, and S. Nehru, Principal, were present.