Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today asked universities to become thought leaders in finding solutions to global challenges including climate change, poverty and pollution. He also wanted the universities to discuss various socio-economic and political issues facing the world and come up with ideas that can be implemented by the governments as per their needs and suitability.
Mr. Naidu said this while addressing the inaugural session of World Universities Summit organised by O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat virtually. The Vice President said that universities should produce good academicians, economists and politicians who have good conduct, capacity, character and caliber. He called for promoting multi-disciplinary approaches and emphasised the need for collaborative academic effort to create sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges around us.
He opined that sustainable development was the answer to many challenges faced by the world today and universities can play a major role towards this end. Stating that virtual education cannot be a substitute for conventional classroom learning, Mr. Naidu also emphasised the need to develop a hybrid teaching model for the future by combining the best elements of offline and online education.