Suggesting that institutes of higher learning start courses on rural development, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said all technical institutes must be connected to villages.
“Our aim in the coming five years is that all technical institutions are connected to the villages and work for the development of the country,” she said, speaking at a workshop on ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ organized by IIT Delhi.
She said that the PM’s call to all MPs to develop a model village in their constituencies will also encourage more technical institutes to engage with villages and provide scientific inputs to realise the mission.
She observed that higher technical institutes today are far removed from rural India and suggested high-quality rural development centres should also be started in centrally-funded institutes.
“With this we can build a big network of educational institutions who provide programmes on rural technology. These institutions can understand the problems faced by villages and can address them and disseminate rural technology to the villages by becoming a wing of higher educational institutions,” she said.
“One of the positive outcomes would be that the educated youth can develop links with villages. This would also bring about a change in the education scenario. Through this initiative, youth would get employment opportunities in villages,” she added.