Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that universities are not just supposed to provide degrees but also to find effective and scientific solutions to the problems of society as well as the state. Chief Minister was addressing the virtual online MoU Signing Programme organized at his residence office on Tuesday. This programme was organized for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between State Planning Commission, 14 Universities and four higher education institutions of the state including IIT, IIM, AIIMS and IIT.
In this programme, MoU of three years was signed to encourage active participation of these higher education institutions in the inclusive development of the state. These Higher Education Institutions would study, research and recommend effective scientific innovative solutions to the problems related to various sectors including agriculture, industries etc. With signing of this MoU, Chhattisgarh has become the first state of the country to have active participation of the higher education institutions in the development of the state. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey, Planning and Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Vice-Chairman of State Planning Commission Ajay Singh, Advisor to Chief Minister Pradeep Sharma, Rajesh Tiwari and Ruchir Garg were also present in the programme. MoU was signed by the officers of State Planning Commission and the officials concerned of the educational institutions. Member of State Planning Commission Dr K Subramanyam, Member Secretary Anup Kumar Shrivastav, Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and students of the 14 Universities and the four educational institutions attended the programme via video conferencing.
In his address to the programme, Chief Minister said that under this MoU between State Planning Commission and these institutions, the problems specific to the state would be identified, researched upon, studied so as to find innovative scientific solutions to the same. The knowledge and skills provided by these institutions in solving of these problems would greatly benefit the people of the state.
The Chief Minister said that In the ‘Study and Research Cell’ to be constituted under this MoU, study and research would be conducted on subjects such as value addition to minor forest produces, agricultural products, value addition to horticulture crops, establishing industries based on agriculture and horticulture crops. This would also help in development cottage industries and also in the development of value addition industries (such as bicycle and automobile industries) based on steel and aluminum produced in the state. Chief Minister said that the state has electricity, raw material and skilled manpower required for industries in the state. Higher education institutions can also help in skill development of people, which would further help in attracting industrialists to set up value addition industries in the state. On the occasion, Chief Minister also inaugurated the coordination unit established for study and research in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University.
Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat also addressed the programme, saying that based on the experience of Harvard University, we are planning to establish a basic unit of State Planning in Higher Education Institutions, where grassroot planning of the state can be discussed. Special Research and Development Cell will be established in each of the universities and educational institutions for evaluation of state government schemes.
State Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Ajay Singh said that as per the vision of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, State Planning Commission would work as ‘think tank’ on the lines of ‘NITI Ayog’. He gave detailed information about State Planning Commission’s contribution in formulation of government schemes such as Narva, Garva, Ghurva and Badi, Godhan Nyay Yojana, development of gauthans as livelihood centers, ethanol production, response strategy for COVID-19 infection, COVID Support Website etc. Vice Chancellor of Pt Ravishankar University Dr Keshri Lal Verma and Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Dr SK Patil also considered this initiative of state government as the beginning of a new era for development of the state.