Haridwar, Nov 3: Inaugurating the two-day Gyan Kumbh taking place at the Patanjali Vidyapeeth here, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the organisation of Maha Kumbh had long been a tradition and the Gyan Kumbh was an intellectual edition of the great spiritual tradition.
"Education is the bedrock of development of an individual, the society and the nation. It is the bounden duty of the teachers and educational institutions to develop the inherent potential of the students.
'We have to ensure that nobody is deprived of education on account of any reason whatsoever", the President said, adding that the teachers, besides imparting education to the students, should also strive to inculcate good 'sanskars' (values of life) in them.
He also exhorted the teachers to make Acharya Chankya, Dr S Radhakrishnan, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam as their role models, to develop the qualities of dedication and commitment.
Speaking on the occasion, Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of the state, said the modern age belonged to technology.
"We should continue to update our syllabus and make our education job-oriented", said the Governor.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said organising the Gyan Kumbh, in collaboration with the state department of Higher Education, was a step in the right direction.
Those present on the occasion included Swami Ramdev, Acharya Balkrishan and State Minister of Higher Education Dhan Singh Rawat.
Education Ministers and Vice-Chancellors of Universities from many states, distinguished educationists, principals of many colleges and research scholars from across the country are participating in the mega event, to deliberate on the current status of higher education in the country and the steps required to enhance its quality.
In all, seven sessions will be held during the programme. (UNI)