Solapur, July 11, 2019: The state government will definitely concede to the demand for starting Chair in the name of Punyashloka Ahilyadevi Holkar in the University and funds for this will also be provided, assured State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while emphasizing the need for universities to concentrate on quality development along with expansion activities.
Fadnavis performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of new administrative building and examination building of Punyashloka Ahilyadevi Holkar Solapur University on Thursday. He was speaking after the ceremony.
State Cooperative Minister Subhash Deshmukh, MoS for Public Health, Transport and State Excise and Guardian Minister of the District Vijaykumar Deshmukh, Mayor Shobha Bahshetti, Vice-Chancellor Dr Mrunalini Fadnavis were present on the dais.
Chief Minister Fadnavis further said that he was happy to perform this foundation laying ceremony of the grand and up-to-date administrative building of the university. Though the university is confined to just one district, it has introduced courses useful for the students. This university is named after Punyashloka Ahilyadevi Holkar. She was famous for her multifaceted work in different parts of the country. She was known as an able administrator also. The university should establish a Chair in her name for which the government will definitely provide necessary funding for the same, Fadnavis assured.
Funds will also be provided in phases from the budget for the expansion plan of the university; the Chief Minister said adding that job opportunities are increasing in service sector. The university should concentrate on training skilled manpower suitable for this growing sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put forth the $5 trillion economy concept to accelerate the country’s economy. In coming five years some concrete work would be done in this direction and this will fetch maximum investments. Work is on to create basic facilities in rural areas along with urban areas. The universities should identify this change and include necessary courses in their syllabi, the Chief Minister said.
Stressing the need for research in fundamental areas, Chief Minister Fadnavis said that the knowledge in our country was never caught in the facilities. We had world class universities like Nalanda and Takshila. Surgery, Astronomy and other such subjects were deeply studied in those periods. The universities should examine how far the research projects leading to PhD help the students, he said hinting at the increasing responsibility of the varsities in this field.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Mrunalini Fadnavis made introductory remarks giving information of various initiatives launched by her university. The university has completed 14 years and entered in the 15th year. She said that Fadnavis was the first chief minister to visit the university since its foundation.
Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis offered floral tributes to the portrait of Punyashloka Ahilyadevi Holkar and lit the traditional lamp. He also laid the foundation of new administrative building of the university and examination building in the sprawling 482 acre premises of the university. Registrar Dr Vikas Ghute proposed vote of thanks.