Governor Urmila Singh stressed upon the need to maintain healthy academic atmosphere in Universities congenial for pursuing higher studies and added that quality education should be imparted to the students at University level. She urged the Vice Chancellors to play a pro active role in this direction. She also emphasized on focusing upon research activities for enriching higher education. She was addressing the North Zone Vice Chancellor’s Conference.

Urmila Singh said that education played an important role in ensuring balanced growth of the students and added that aim of the education should not be merely employment seeking but also equipping the students with technical expertise so that they could adopt self employment ventures. Education should ensure holistic development of students, she said.

Governor urged the youth to take up self employment ventures and added that higher education should ensure employment opportunities to students. She further said that youth were playing a constructive role in nation building by becoming entrepreneurs leading to their economic empowerment. Urmila Singh said that India had marched ahead on the path of progress in all sectors and added that rural development was essential for overall development of the country. She also stressed upon expansion of education for transforming the country as a completely developed nation. She hoped that constructive deliberations would be held in the conference which was held for the first time at Shimla.

Governor released HPU News letter, Tourism Development Journal and Indian Journal of Dental Science. Education Minister I.D. Dhiman stressed upon the need to encourage Guru-Shishya tradition. He emphasized upon promoting Hind and Sanskrit languages. P.T. Chande, President, Association Indian Universities also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, A.D.N. Vajpayee welcomed the Governor and others on the occasion. Prof. H.S. Banyal, Dean of Studies HPU proposed vote of thanks.