Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, emphasized the need for educational institutions and teachers to embrace a forward-looking approach to learning. During his address at the second convocation of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Awantipora, Pulwama district, he urged them to go beyond traditional classrooms and equip students with the skills required to tackle future challenges and seize opportunities.
Sinha viewed the convocation as an occasion to celebrate enduring values such as humility, creativity, righteousness, individuality, and compassion, which are nurtured by the institution. He referred to these values as invisible gold medals that empower students to shape a better future for the nation. Also Read: JKPSC Admit Card 2023: Download Now for Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Medical Officer Exams
K. Kasturirangan, Chairman of the drafting committee of the National Education Policy 2020, graced the event as the chief guest. In his speech, Sinha encouraged the younger generation to prioritize innovation, new ideas, and emerging technologies that will shape the future.
The Lieutenant Governor emphasized the need for universities, educational institutions, and teachers to adopt a future-oriented learning approach that extends beyond the confines of traditional classrooms. He stated that teachers have an expanded role in this era of acceleration, where they should not merely serve as information providers or means to complete the syllabus. Rather, they are artisans who mold the minds and consciousness of the new generation.
Sinha asserted that education should unlock the unique potential within each student and foster individuality. The aim is to ensure that students leaving the campus and entering the professional world are not merely repositories of memories or information but rather powerhouses of boundless creativity.
Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the National Education Policy equips students to thrive in a technology-driven world while upholding core values. Sinha stated that technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, transforming various aspects of our lives, and our education system must recognize this paradigm shift and create a new ecosystem.
Kasturirangan congratulated the graduating students, commending their spirit, enthusiasm, and curiosity. He encouraged them not to limit their pursuit of higher learning and to persevere in pursuing their dreams and aspirations.
He also praised the Lieutenant Governor-led administration of the Union territory for its remarkable efforts in reforming the education system and implementing the National Education Policy. During the convocation ceremony, 72 students were awarded gold medals, and 147 students received merit certificates. A total of 3,000 students were conferred degrees for the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22.