Jaipur, Chief Minister of Rajasthan,Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the campus of Manipal University Jaipur and other department buildings of Manipal University Jaipur on 2nd April, 2015. In her inaugural speech she described Manipal University Jaipur as a magnificent testimony to the vision of Dr Ramdas Pai & the Manipal Group and applauded them for accepting the State Government invitation in 2008 and establishing a beautiful University with such a ease in a very short span of time. Comparing the Manipal Education Group with ancient Indian knowledge centers of Takshila & Nalanda she said, “Manipal Group has set new standards in the education sector”. She added, “Manipal University has certainly gained credit and a name for itself and stands among the top 100 universities of Asia. I am sure this campus too will take its time and have a rightful place among the best universities of Asia and around the world.”
She said, “Currently Rajasthan has 47 universities with 20 lakh students enrolled with a GER gross enrolment rate of 20 %. My government wants to put in place a policy which will take the GER to 50% by 2030. We want to make sure that no young student in our state is deprived of the opportunity to pursue their dream to higher education either for want of means or access to Universities.”
She further stated, “We have a good policy allowing private universities to come and set up in the state many have responded in the last many years. Our Government alone cannot provide enough opportunities in higher education for all the youth who want to pursue the same. We need the support of the private sector.”
In her support for private universities she said, “I am informed that all over India today 65% of students are educated in private sectors, 3% in universities by the Central Government and 32% in the State Universities. So the private sector has to play a role in expanding education opportunities for our youth.”
She promised that her Govt. is trying their best to increase the allocation for higher education and further stated that they have just made education free of cost for the girl child in the State Colleges. She said, “We have expanded capacity in our State colleges so that more students can get educated in the future. We will allocate more money for higher education to meet their demands.”
She expressed, “Our universities are in the dire need of technology. Technology to give access to the huge quantum of learning from various global universities. IT system to manage their internal affairs, Wifi in the campus and connectivity through mobile devices to the web. I believe that one day in the near future every student in every school and college of Rajasthan will be connected to the internet so that he/she gets access to knowledge on the web and becomes a part of worldwide student’s connectivity.” She also added, “We (Govt.) are looking at proposals to set up a MOOCS on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with our universities for the state for this purpose, obviously, all this needs good teachers and our country is short of good teachers. We have many unfulfilled posts for good teachers in our universities both due to lack of enough money and availability of good teachers. Government of India has now set up a system of tests to appoint teachers”.
She assured that the State govt. plans to set up the overseas education council as a group to interact with universities overseas and to get more scholarships for students to study overseas, build relationship between overseas universities and our universities for student exchange program, faculty exchange program, research programs which will be an enabling body for this purpose. She expressed her desire to make Rajasthan among the top 5 Industrial States.
On this occasion she awarded Padam Bhushan Dr. Ramdas Pai with GRIHA Five star Certificate award to MUJ and congratulated Dr.Pai, Dr. Ranjan Pai, Padamshree T.V.Mohandas Pai, Mr. Abhay Jain, Prof Sandeep Sanchti and all the Group members for being the first University to attain this feat.
Guest of Honour for the event Union Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu in his inaugural speech appreciated that the Universities under Manipal Group has produced many global leaders including CEO of Microsoft and Nokia. He added, “Manipal Group has certainly stolen a march over the IITs in India. He expressed his delight on knowing that students from 100 countries study in Manipal University and 20% of the doctors of Malaysia have been educated in Manipal.
He compared the infrastructure of Manipal University Jaipur with international Universities which he visited in his official visits to different countries. He reiterated that the NDA government, under the able PM, Shri Narendra Modi, has focused on higher education to empower our youth and create conditions for them to realize their dreams.
Speaking about his ministry he said that the govt. is working with a vision of creating a railway system that binds country together, expands manifold, creates low cost carriage of goods and people built on safety and technology and make the industry competitive. The Indian Railway will invest around 8,50,000 Crores for the expansion of its capacity and have already signed an agreement with LIC of 1,50,000 crores for next five years. He added that Indian Railways is the biggest revenue generator and can be termed as ‘heart’ of Indian Economy. He expressed his concern that China has 3 railway Universities but we lack the same. He stated that Railway budget has proposed to establish Chairs in Higher Education Universities and look at possibilities of Railway System and specialized universities to cater to the needs. He extended his wishes to Manipal University Jaipur to be a standing example of 21st Century India both in quality & output.
Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education Rajasthan, Kalicharan Saraf applauded the Manipal Group and specifically MUJ for their achievements of educational excellence in Rajasthan and for providing high quality education. MP Jaipur, Shri Ramcharan Bohra and Bagru MLA Kailash Verma extended their best wishes to Manipal University Jaipur. Prof. Sandeep Sancheti, President MUJ welcomed the dignified guests and informed about the University activities with expressing his gratitude towards the guest for accepting the invitation and making the event historical.
The event took off with lamp Lighting ceremony. All Guest were given floral welcome and mementos. During the course of events the guests performed the planting of tree sapling in campus and inaugurated the Yoho students hostel, Foodcourt, Gym, University Dispensary and released the University Newsletter “MUJ Times”. The Chief Guest also cut the Limca Book of Records registered Cake prepared by students of MUJ Hotel Management. The Chief guest were presented a Sari designed by Fashion Design students of MUJ. The Solar Power plant at University was also inaugurated with switching on the button by CM, Vasundhara Raje, Padama Bhushan Dr.Ramdas Pai, Padama Shree Mohan Das Pai.
The program concluded with the Chief Guest felicitating Architect Hafeez Contractor, Mr.Pawan Kumar, Mr.Abdul Kalam, and supporting institutions KNK NEXGEN Construction Private Limited, Span Enterprises, CB Craft Interior, Sobha Limited, Shree Cement Limited, Kajaria Ceramics Limited, ThyssenKrupp Elevator (India) Private Limited, 10. UltraTech Cement Limited (Unit: Birla White-GRC), Siddhi Vinayak Infrarealcon Private Limited, Prime Telecom Services, Sana Build Tech Private Limited, Devi Construction Company, Deetya Management & Construction Private Limited, CISCO, Diligent PMC (Private) Limited, Khushi Décor, V S Green Developers, Project Team (Manipal University Jaipur), Facilities Team (MIS Private Limited), Sika India Private Limited, Buildcon Consultants Private Limited for providing their relentless high-end services to the Manipal University Jaipur.