In an effort to boost technical education, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday pledged the cooperation and even support of the central government to a number of ideas and proposals put forward by the vice-rectors of Chhatrapati University Shahu Ji Maharaj (CSJMU) and Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU) and the director of IIT-Kanpur during personal meetings with these academics. Both CSJMU and HBTU are based in Kanpur.
CSJMU Vice Chancellor Professor Vinay Kumar Pathak said that he proposed to the President to establish an ancient science and technology center of excellence on campus to help modern students understand the richness of ancient Indian science and technology.
“President Kovind agreed to help us from the Center, as well as from the state … The President also said that Kanpur University must grow by leaps and bounds, and he is ready to help us take the university to the next level,” said Professor Patak, adding that he was congratulated by the President on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in April this year.
During the discussion, President Kovind told Professor Pathak that he, too, is a CSJMU Kanpur alumnus and has contributed to ₹1 lakh last year, like many other old disciples. He said that alumni should come forward to help their alma mater in every possible way to take the institution to the next level.
Professor Samscher, Vice-Rector of HBTU, said he has proposed central university status for HBTU, which will celebrate its centenary in November.
“The HBTU Centenary Celebration will take place on November 25th and I have invited him as the main guest. President Kovind received an invitation letter and asked me to contact his office to complete the formalities, ”said Professor Samscher.
The Vice Chancellor of HBTU said he briefed the president on the institution’s progress and its contribution to technical education in the state.
“It was here that I took the opportunity to invite the President to be our guest during the centenary celebrations and asked him to help make the institute a central university during a big event,” he said.
Director of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Professor Abhay Karandikar, tweeted after meeting with the president: “He briefed him on the upcoming School of Medical Research and Technology. He showed great interest in the project and wished him luck. “
He went on to tweet, “Discussed various innovations that IIT Kanpur has recently made.”