Pune: Speaking at the Young Inspirators Awards, given out by the Young Inspirators Network, former State education minister and NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil said that the decisions taken by him as education minister are reaping benefits for students today.
The awards were organised in the city on Tuesday to honour youth achievers.
Patil said that it used to be difficult for students from disparate backgrounds to enter new vocations. He said, “Professions used to be carried out within families. Doctors’ sons became doctors, engineers’ children became engineers and so on. But the decisions we took when I was the education minister turned the tide. There used to be only 40 thousand engineering seats, but by the time my portfolio changed, there were 1 lakh 40 thousand seats.”
The awards were organised to felicitate and encourage young achievers from all walks of life. The recipients of the awards included Vaibhav Wagh of the Vande Mataram Sanghatna, young actor Abhinay Berde, Chartered Accountant Bhushan Toshniwal, entrepreneur Aditya Pandit, researcher Amol Gulhane, etc. Paraplegic athlete Suyash Jadhav, who represented India at the Rio paralympics, received a standing ovation from the crowd while receiving the award.
The programme saw the presence of MP Shrirang Barne, MLA Dilip Walse-Patil, sports writer Sunandan Lele, Nilay Mehta of Nilaya Group of Institutes, Satish Desai, Vishal Choradiya, etc. The programme carried a message of motivation and inspiration to hundreds of youths that attended the ceremony. Many cultural presentations too were organised.