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What is our priority - University building or building the University?

Universities are just 'making money'
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi has expressed his deep concern and disappointment on the universities stating "They have become money-minting machines rather than man-making centres".

Pinpointing on the nurturing of the country's talented youngsters as the need, Modi asked the Fergusson College students "What should be our priority- University building or building the University"?

He also hit out at the government for not doing enough to nurture the young talent. "Since independence, we don't have a single education institution which can make us proud in the world," Modi said while insisting that he believes in "modernisation without westernisation".

Commenting on the country's financial situation, Modi further said "The country is going through a state of hopelessness which he doesn't support, but I don't endorse negative views either, we don't need to be pessimistic and believes in positivity."

Following his strategy to woo youths of the country by giving speeches at different colleges, Modi said " We need to link the country's talent pool with nation-building."

Underlining that education plays a crucial role in a nation's development, Modi said, "If we want to have a good education system, we should create good teachers, which has not been a priority."

Stating "there is a big difference between 'others' and us", Modi said, "Other people are interested in power. We give priority to empowerment. They want power, we want to empower every citizen of this country."

Contrasting the Indian and US education systems, Modi said that in the US system, ways are found to nurture a person's creativity. Modi also spoke of the old Gurukul system in India and how people from all over the world came to study at Indian education hubs like Nalanda.

He further asked a few questions which was worth thinking like,

"Earlier, education was a man-making mission. Now, it has become a money making mission. Was this our tradition?"

"Even when our country was in slavery, our great leaders thought of the education system. Could we not do anything after Independence?"

Through sports, it has established a position in the world. "But in this country of 120 crore people, we auctioned the country in the Commonwealth Games. The CWG scam tarnished the image of the country. Is this the direction where we want to take the country?"

What is your opinion? What do you think should change in today's Education Sector/ Colleges/ Universities?

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