Ranchi, Sep 30 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said Jharkhand is home to 40 per cent of the country’s mineral reserves and many big public and private sector industries are established in the state.
Addressing the 33rd convocation of Ranchi University in Ranchi which was held at Dikshant Mandap of the varsity located at its Morabadi campus, he said that there are many tourists attractions in Jharkhand and the state has also many good educational institutions.
" On the strength of many such characteristics of Jharkhand and the talent of youth, it has the potential to become a developed state," he said. The President noted that Ranchi University has established Department of Ethnic and Regional Languages in 1980 to preserve and promote languages and culture of Jharkhand and at present five tribal languages - Kudukh, Mundari, Santhali, Ho and Kharia - are taught in the University.
He said the knowledge of tribal languages and cultures should be used to connect with the community and for development. "We should learn from the tribal communities to meet our needs in harmony with nature," he said adding that the Ranchi University could make multi-dimensional contribution by encouraging research on tribal culture and civilization.
The President said that universities should contribute towards Universities' Social Responsibility (USR). He said at least five students from each university should go to nearby villages at an interval of about two months, and if possible, stay there at night and interact with the villagers.
"They should communicate with the villagers about welfare and development schemes of the central and state government," he said and urged Ranchi University to pay special attention to USR. During the function the President gave away gold medals to 11 toppers from the various streams. Those who were also present on the occasion included Governor Draupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Raghubar Das. UNI