By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 25 Nov: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat interacted with the media at a local hotel on Rajpur Road on Sunday. He said that the state government had taken several steps to improve higher education. It has been decided to honour five teachers who have done outstanding work in teaching and research. This award will be named after Dr Bhakt Darshan. Garhwali and Kumaoni language centres will also be set up in the universities. The aim is to promote regional languages.
The Chief Minister said that the personalities of Uttarakhand, who have done special work in various fields, will be honoured with honorary Doctorate in Science by universities of the state. There are many such talents that cannot come under the PhD format, but due to special reasons, the universities would honour with doctorates. He appreciated this initiative of the universities.
Kumaon University has selected Padma Shri awardee Prasoon Joshi, while Uttarakhand Open University has selected Pritam Bhartwan. In its first convocation, Doon University will confer the honorary Doctorate on folk singer Dr Narendra Singh Negi, as well as Kanpur MP and former Human Resource Development Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi.
Chief Minister said that to promote Sanskrit, Vedas and Yoga, it had been decided by the universities to make it mandatory in the form of special courses. This was a commendable step. Lots of brain storming was done on the issue during the Gyan Kumbh held for the uplift of Higher Education in Haridwar on 3 and 4 November. Gyan Kumbh would prove to be a big milestone by leaving its mark for a long time in the field of education.
Higher Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat said that the state government had decided to hold convocations in the universities every year. As part of this, the convocation ceremony of Doon University would be organised on 30 November.
Present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor of Doon University Dr Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal and Dr Harshvanti Bisht.