India will emerge world leader in 21st century: TN Governor

"We stand at a point where if the huge force of youth that enter the labour force are duly skilled and trained, India is certain to emerge as the world leader in the 21st century," Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said today. Speaking at an education conclave in Chennai, he said the need for skilled human resources is growing day by day. The need of the hour is to make sure that students in adequate number are trained in the fields in which there is a requirement.

Stating that the match between supply and demand has to be carefully monitored not merely in terms of mass quantity but also in ensuring qualitative availability in sectors of education and training for which there is a demand, he added: "And this demand in certain sectors has to be assessed at a global level. This makes the task challenging and intellectually stimulating." Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said, "We need education through which character is formed, strength of mind is increased and the intellect is expanded by which one can stand on his own feet."

The Governor stated further: "A teacher should act as “a friend, philosopher and guide”. He should help students to discover their academic preferences, aptitude, natural inclinations and talents and nurture them. By integrating social values in teaching, teachers can promote social transformation and help students overcome prejudices of all kinds and inspire and mentor them to live in harmony in society."