Education tackles social problems

KAVRE: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who is also the Chancellor of Kathmandu University (KU) on Friday said that education was the biggest weapon in the world to tackle societal problems, including the pervasive social inequality.

Addressing the 15th convocation day of KU in Dhulikhel, the PM said, “Education can only narrow down the gap between rich and poor in the country and can end all kinds of conflict.”

“The goal of creating a just and equal society cannot be realised unless education becomes accessible to women, Dalits and people from underprivileged and backward communities,” the PM said.

PM Nepal also underscored the need of the present day education to inculcate a feeling of patriotism among students right from primary level up to higher secondary.

“The future of New Nepal lies in your hands. Much depends on the kind of role students play,” the PM told the graduates assembled for the convocation ceremony.

He also said that the educational institutions should be developed as the centre of excellence and of curiosity and attraction but said there was serious shortage of educated and trained manpower in the country. “The onus lies with the universities which should produce manpower capable of contributing to the nation in a remarkable way.”

The PM also spoke at length about challenges brought about by globalisation. “Universities should produce competitive manpower in the age of globalization,” the PM said, highlighting the planned development of water resources, forest resources, business, fruit procession and tourism sector as having tremendous potentials to achieve competitiveness for the country.

Professor SSMK Kshyanika Hirimburegama, vice chancellor of Colombo University also spoke on the occasion.Meanwhile,KU vice chancellor Dr Sureshraj Sharma urged for no political intervention in the education sector