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New Delhi : The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu presented the 2nd ChhatraVishwakarma Awards to students and their mentors and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Awards to institutions at an event organised by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on January 21, 2019, in New Delhi.

“Development of rural areas should not erode their unique identities but must fortify their spirits. The facilities in villages must resemble those of a city but the soul and the values of Indian villages, must be preserved,” the Vice President of India  said while addressing the gathering at the event.

Naidu said that the awards would challenge young students to come up with novel ideas that have great potential to impact life in villages through technological interventions at the grassroot level. Expressing his agreement with Mahatma Gandhi’s statement that ‘the future of India lies in its villages’, the Vice President said that development of villages is an essential precondition to development of the nation. He said that the educational institutions must re-orient their curricula to ensure that students spend time in rural areas interacting with people and understanding their problems.

Naidu said that ‘One size fits all’ approach will not ensure development in a vast and diverse country like India. ” Every village has its own individuality, its own industries & its own developmental needs. Our plans should capture aspirations of the people, leverage their strengths & mitigate their weaknesses,” he said.

The Vice President said that 3 ‘D’s – Demography, Demand and Democracy are making the India of today outshine other countries in the world and added that he had full faith in the vision and capabilities of India’s youth who make up 65% of the country’s population. He congratulated the All India Council of Technical Education’s endeavour to catalyse rural development in association with the Engineering Council of India (ECI) and the Indian Society for Technical Education(ISTE), according to a PIB release.

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