Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said, India is in an advanced stage of negotiations to sign migration and mobility partnership agreements with 32 countries. Addressing the sixth Convocation at the Central University of Kerala at Periya in Kasargod district today, the Minister said negotiations are on with countries like Finland, Denmark and Australia to conclude the agreement at an early date. He said, the Union Government is in favour of promoting and facilitating migration in an organic way.
Quoting a UNDP study, Mr Muraleedharan said that by 2050, the labour force in the industrialised world is expected to decline by four per cent, while that of India would increase by 32 per cent. He said India can become the skill capital of the world with effective skill development programmes and training.
Noting that the world is fast changing throwing up many challenges, he urged students to be adaptive and ready to perceive the change and plan their future.
Addressing the function, Union Minister of State for Education Dr Subhas Sarkar observed that the National Education Policy 2020 aims at improving the quality of education and making it more inclusive, accessible and equitable to all students. He said the policy also aims to align the education system with the needs of the 21st century and to make the country a global leader in the field of education. The Minister said the policy implementation will help students to actively participate in the process of nation-building.
The University announced an honorary doctorate to Rajya Sabha MP and yesteryear sprinter PT Usha, which will be conferred to her at a separate function later.
1567 students were conferred various degrees in person, while 401 received their degrees in absentia on the occasion. (AIR NEWS)