Published On: Wed, May 8th, 2013

Education is a medium to build strength of country: Pallam Raju

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Education is a Medium“We owe it to the nation to expand the capacity of higher learning. It is the supreme duty of the Institutes to provide avenues for strengthening the skills,” said Dr M M Pallum Raju, Union Minister of Human Resource Development during the foundation stone laying ceremony on Indian Institute of Management, Raipur.

The foundation stone laying ceremony marked the beginning of the establishment of the campus of IIM Raipur, he first phase of the campus will be functional from 2015-16. IIM Raipur was established in 2010 at Raipur. Raju urged IIM Raipur to, “participate and join hands with Government in finding solutions to the regional problems and issues of the state. This was the only way to provide meaningful education.”

Addressing the faculty and students of IIM Raipur he asked them to, “Orient their focus to the growth and development of state.” He vocalised that education as a medium to build the strength of the nation is, was and will always be the area of utmost priority for the Central Government which has from the primary education to the higher education professed and encouraged development of knowledge and skill base in country.

Hari S Bhartia, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Raipur in his address thanked and appreciated the contribution of the State Government for continuous support in the form of providing 200 acres of land for IIM Raipur as well as for providing other resources. He stressed on the involvement of entrepreneurial system with the government to overcome the challenges faced by the state.

Speaking particularly about management education he said, “Management education has drastically changed and is driven by factors like demography, globalisation and rapid pace of technology. Success involves going beyond the narrow confines of disciplines and addressing issues that need cross functional and sometimes answers beyond the cross functional areas.”

Adding further on the role of IIM Raipur as a centre for world class management education and training he emphasised, “the vision for IIM Raipur is to provide high quality value education, serving society, state and nation for economic growth and development. Besides this, IIM Raipur has also partnered with the state on three fronts-policy, growth and development and will remain committed to this role. It will also be a centre for knowledge creation in form of high quality research.”

He also urged for the support of all stakeholders including the State Government to be one of the world class institutes with a Global perspective and remarked that, “IIM Raipur was a shining opportunity for entrepreneurial development of the state.”

Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh addressing IIM Raipur students invited the students to join hands with the Government of Chhattisgarh for its progress, recommend reforms. He asked them to study the Government projects because, “Success comes through the strong will power to execute theories and understand ground realities.”

Ram Vichar Netam, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Chhattisgarh voiced a firm belief in the quality of IIM Raipur when he said, “this foundation stone laying of IIM Raipur can be seen as another milestone in the history of Chhattisgarh.”

With particular emphasis on IIM Raipur he expressed great expectations from the students of IIM Raipur who “will transform the state and the country into a land of opportunities.” He also stressed on the capacity building of the youth who have the zeal and energy to lead growth of the country.