PM Dahal stresses expansion of universities to community level for 21st century needs

Kathmandu: In a significant address at the 37th Senate meeting of Purbanchal University, held in Baluwatar, Kathmandu today, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal underscored the imperative of extending universities to the community level as a means to explore alternative resources essential for meeting the demands of the 21st century.

As the Chancellor of Purbanchal University, PM Dahal conveyed the government’s commitment to providing steadfast support in overcoming obstacles and addressing policy and legal challenges encountered in the implementation of the university’s initiatives to extend its reach to the community. He also pledged assistance for the timely revision and amendment of relevant acts.

Commending the university’s notable progress over nearly three decades since its establishment, PM Dahal expressed gratitude to those involved in its founding and academic development. He voiced confidence that the university would continue to garner motivation for institutional reforms and uphold the standard of higher education in the future.

During his address, PM Dahal acknowledged the policies and programs presented by the Vice-Chancellor and the budget outlined by the Registrar, expressing belief in their positive impact on the educational, physical, and overall development and expansion of the university.

Highlighting the university’s focus on producing international-standard skilled human resources in various fields, including science and technology, engineering, management, medicine, education, and law, PM Dahal emphasized the importance of aligning education with national needs. He urged all universities in the country to expand the scope of study and research to meet the challenges facing the Earth and the global community.

“Top priority must be given to sustainable development, environmental conservation, and in-depth research, ensuring practical, applicable, and quality education,” asserted the Prime Minister. He stressed that in the era of advanced technology, producing skilled resources is essential to meet the demands of the competitive global market.

PM Dahal emphasized universities’ role in producing human resources capable of innovation, research, and invention, serving as catalysts for the nation’s development and prosperity. He called for a specific focus on exploring Nepal’s unique products, such as black cardamom, tea, rudraksha, medicinal herbs, jute, and fruits through in-depth research, with the potential to contribute significantly to the international market.

Minister for Education, Science, and Technology, Ashok Rai, also attended the occasion, underscoring the government’s commitment to advancing education and research in Nepal.

News Source: Rashtriya Samachar Samiti