1. India at the threshold of a new millennium:
We are at the threshold of a new millennium. We are facing a highly competitive
world. We are in the vanguard of a technological revolution through the advancement
of science and technology where information technology has taken over or far superseded
many other technologies. At such a juncture, we with all our ancient wisdom and
knowledge have to catch up fast with the rest of the world.
It is important for us as a nation to analyse the emerging trends and to take pro-active
initiatives. Our youth are required to face emerging challenges, and they need to
equip themselves with knowledge and motivation to be able to take benefit of the
opportunities that the globalisation has offered.
Our youth amounting to 54 crores in the population of about a billion people are
a great national resource. Gujarat has population of over 1.82 crores between the
age group of 15 35 years. However, the target group would be of 1 crore youth between
the age 15 24 year in case of higher education system. They can be joined in the
great task of transferring India into a developed nation by 2020.
2. The youth as a reservoir of energy enthusiasm and power:
Our youth are a great source of energy, enthusiasm, ambition and power. If their
energies and youthful aspirations could be properly channelised for progress through
social change, their enormous potential could work miracles. Right type of environment
is needed for this. It is our moral responsibility to properly guide them by showing
role models. The role of the university chancellor would hence be visualized as
of one who would act as a catalysed in the process of harnessing the energy and
enthusiasm of the youth in a number of ways, more particularly by proactively bringing
about policies and programmes which would encourage and involve the youth in imparting
education to others without disturbing their own studies, would promote them to
take leadership on various fronts education, women empowerment, effective implementation
of poverty removal programmes, governance, getting rid of corruption, social change,
civil defence, disaster management etc. Their idealism, sense of discipline, commitment,
conviction and a relentless drive could work miracles for the betterment of the
country. Efforts are being made in this direction too.