By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 7 Dec: “Dehradun is home to the country’s finest institutes and it is of significant merit that it is informally known as the ‘Educational Capital of India’,” said Governor Lt General Gurmit Singh (Retd) during a fruitful discussion with the Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Professor SC Sharma regarding the enhancement of higher educational institutions in the state.
The Governor spoke of the various Universities and higher educational institutions that add to the glory of Uttarakhand. Amidst discussions, he described the efforts needed to ensure that all the institutes of the state aspire for higher ranks in NAAC grading. Research work should be given priority and brought to international standards.
During the discussion, Professor Sharma also put forth his views and requested the establishment of a merit-based skill training centre for women in Uttarakhand. He explained the need for special training programmes that would greatly help disadvantaged women by empowering them, aiding them in skill development and increasing their employability quotient. The NAAC Director also enquired about the establishment of an Advanced Study Institute for Earth and Material Science (Earth Study Centre). In his opinion, the development of such an institution would help provide an indepth detailed study of the environment and the earth.
Lastly, he stressed on the construction of a specific Tourism Skill Centre in Uttarakhand. Through this centre, the people associated with the tourism business of the state could be made more efficient by ways of workshops and discussions. Not only would it strengthen their livelihood but also generate more employment opportunities in the State.
The Governor welcomed these suggestions and assured Professor Sharma that he would look into the development.