Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that state universities have to encourage research work keeping in mind local needs and diagnosis of problems. In a review meeting of the Higher Education Department at the Secretariat on Tuesday, the Chief Minister called upon the universities to come forward for cooperation in the Self-Reliant India Campaign. He said that universities and colleges have to pay attention to research related to community development related to local life. They should be linked to increase in livelihood resources, regional requirements including farming and public interest.
He asked the Vice Chancellor of Vir Chandra Singh Garhwali Horticulture and Forestry University Bharsar to focus on output rather than output. The Chief Minister said that if the university will focus on the development of 10 villages around it, it will benefit other villages as well. The university will have to come forward to promote and market traditional products.
He said that the state has an abundance of herbs. There should be initiative towards its cultivation also. It is the moral responsibility of universities to benefit local people by promoting traditional products. He gave the example that the scorpion in Kausani, the daughter of General Thimmaiah, is doing grass tea business. Similarly, local people will have to work with confidence. Minister of State for Higher Education (Independent Charge) Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, MLA Dewan Singh Bisht, Chief Secretary Omprakash, Principal Secretary Anand Badradhan, Secretary R. Meenakshi Sundaram and Vice Chancellors and officials of various universities were present.