No country is safe: Venkaiah Naidu

Following the recent bomb blasts that took over the lives of 290 people in Sri Lanka, Vice President M Venakaiah Naidu on Monday opined that none of the countries is safe in this world. He was addressing the gathering at the 54 Annual Convocation of Bangalore University (BU), which was held in the city.

The Vice President called upon all the nations to come together to fight against terrorism in the world and urged the United Nations to take up the initiation. “World community should unitedly fight against terrorism. Despite several attempts made by India to eradicate the evil, our neighbouring country is funding those terror outfits. No country in this whole world can claim to be safe. US, UK, and India were the common victims of these terror outfits, now the brutality happened in Sri Lanka. These incidents are always a threat to the common man and poor people, who are the common victims of these attacks. Its too late to wake up for us to wake up now,” Vice President said by addressing the gathering.

The Vice President also expressed the deep solidarity for the incident happening on Easter day, which is the symbol of peace, love and affection.

Beginning his speech in Kannada, Venkaiah Naidu wholeheartedly congratulated all the toppers and gold medal winners during the 54th convocation of the BU. He in his speech further highlighted the under-utilised potential by India pertaining to Higher education. He said, “The National Knowledge Commission report states that currently, the Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education in India is 27% whereas, for the USA and China, it's is 85.8% and 43.4% respectively. This statistical representation is telling indicator of our under-utilised potential pertaining to Higher Education.”

The Vice President also stressed upon improving the online courses such as massive open online courses (MOOC) courses, distance education etc. “The digital revolution must make possible a wider accessibility of higher education for all and greater emphasis has to be accorded to a skill-based education by incorporating a three-pronged strategy of ‘skill, reskill and unskill as well as ‘learn, relearn and unlearn’.”

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