By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 7 Jan: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, today, that all the 31 Universities of the state should undertake research work in their nearby areas to bring about social and economic changes. Universities had to partner the state government in development. Today, quality education was a burning issue. In the digital and technological era, the world had become very small and competition had increased. Focus had to be on qualitative rather than quantitative. The number of colleges, universities, technical and professional institutions in Uttarakhand was adequate in terms of geographical and economic conditions. The need was now to improve the quality.
The Chief Minister was addressing teachers of higher education across the state who attended a ‘thanksgiving programme’ for granting them the Seventh Commission pay scale at SGRR Medical College on Sunday.
The Chief Minister said the state would have to wait patiently for the results of the historic Investors’ Summit held recently. The proposals were being reviewed on weekly basis. Follow-up had been done with around 200 industries within the first week of the summit. Talks were underway on investment proposals worth Rs 30,000 crore and expansion worth Rs 4000 crore.
Rawat claimed that many policy decisions had been taken to ensure the development of the remote areas. Five cabinet meetings were held and seventeen policy decisions taken in one month. With tourism being given industry status, the development of thirteen new tourist sites, the single window system, change in housing policy, etc., would be accelerated.
He added that, in the hill areas, permission was being granted to set up a university on 2.5 acres of land. Setting up of Universities in the hill areas was being encouraged. In order to encourage the Home Stay scheme, the state government would provide electricity at domestic rates.
He claimed that, as a result of the efforts to promote a new film policy, the inclination of the Bollywood and South Indian film industry towards Uttarakhand was increasing. So far, more than 100 films had been shot in the state. It had opened new career options and job opportunities for local talent.
He added that the health sector could be improved through sensitivity and modern technical facilities. Under the Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana, on an average, 10,000 Golden Cards were being made every day in the state. So far, more than 79,000 cards have been made. It was expected that, in the next six months, all the families of the state would be covered under the Yojana. Other options were also being considered to further accelerate this work. Soon, an Air Ambulance service in the state would begin.
He also said that the state government was focusing on development based on local resources. Buildings constructed in Uttarakhand’s traditional architectural style would be allowed to construct an additional floor.
Present on the occasion were Minister of State for Higher Education Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, officials of the Higher Education Department and Principals of various colleges.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER