Pune: Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley emphasised on using the available human resource in the country in the best possible way. He was delivering a speech to outgoing students of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU) in the city on Sunday.
SIU held its 14th convocation ceremony on Sunday at their Lavale campus, where Jaitley was the chief guest.
"We are a country with a very large population. Obviously, we can see the large population as either an asset or liability. How do we then use as the best human resource?" Jaitley asked.
"Government jobs may not be sufficient. The service sector is buoyant, our agriculture sector suffers underemployment. The income parameters of many people is readably lesser and the world is facing a difficult situation. In most of the economies in the world, the population sizes are going down. Their replacement two by two does not exist. But the same case is not in India," he said.
"India, therefore, has the potential to trade and create those human minds, the best of human resource which not only can add to our own society and economy, but, which can also go service in various economies in the world," he said.
"India is today highly aspirational, it is becoming impatient. That itself is now compelling governments and regimes to act. In 20 years from now, if we continue to grow at a pace of 7.5 per cent growth which is our normal potential, India will not be a satisfied nation. It wants to grow faster," he said.
SB Mujumdar, Chancellor SIU, spoke about the inception and the journey of Symbiosis, from cultural centre to educational centre and now an international university, with its objective to bring Indian and foreign students together.
The prestigious D Litt degree was conferred upon Rahul Bajaj, Chairman of Bajaj Group and Professor Philip Altbach.
Over 5,000 students pass out
- At the convocation ceremony, over 5,000 students were conferred with diplomas, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees.
- 12 gold medalists were bestowed with academic excellence.
- The prestigious Prof SB Mujumdar 'Outstanding Foreign Student of the Year' Award was established last year. The award and a prize money of Rs 1 lakh were presented to Marzia Rahmanyar, Afghanistan, a student of gender, culture and development studies at SPPU.