Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said Goa is aiming to become a premium educational hub and a leading provider of higher educational services.
He was speaking during the inaugural ceremony of Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav, a two-day event that is being held across five different venues wherein series of lectures are being delivered by researchers and scientists.
Science and Technology Minister Michael Lobo, Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Union government Dr K Vijay Raghavan and NIO director Sunil Kumar Singh were present on the occasion.
Sawant said that education is taken very seriously in Goa. “The literacy rate in Goa is very high. Our aim is now to make Goa a premium educational hub. Even though we are a small state, the people of Goa have big ambitions. We will soon have international skilling centre imparting skills of international standards to the youth,” Sawant said.
“With the presence of engineering colleges, Goa Institute of Management (B-college), BITS, Hotel Management and Catering Institute, Goa Medical college, NIT and IIT, we are moving in the right direction,” he said.
The Chief Minister said the Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav has been organised to honour the commitment made by the former chief minister to the organiser of Nobel Prize Series last year to make the event an annual feature. During the function, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between the state government and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Union government to conduct the event annually.
Referring to these MoUs that aim to invite eminent scientists including Nobel laureates to the state, the Chief Minister said, “This MoUs will offer exclusive opportunity to various stakeholders such as students, teachers, opinion makers, policymakers, researchers, scientists and the general public to interact with eminent scientists and learn about new development.”
During the function, a photo book on former Goa chief minister late Manohar Parrikar was released.
“Speaking to him was like speaking to a walking, talking encyclopedia. He was my mentor. His legacy will stand as an example to all of us to persist in our pursuit of progress. His energy and life-long dedication to improve the lives and livelihoods of people will continue to inspire generations of young people,” said Lobo, while talking about Parrikar.