Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has hoped the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Udaipur to be the best institute of the country by progressing fast in direction of enhancement of skills and employability of the youth.
Smt. Raje was addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the institute campus at village Balicha in Udaipur on Friday.
The CM said that the people of Rajasthan were very promising and they had excelled in all fields be it in export, big businesses or handicraft. Need of the hour was to link the prestigious history of the state with its present time and move forward, she said. She further stated that the main objective of the government to provide opportunities and resources in the interiors of the state for honing skills of the youth and make them employable.
Smt. Raje said that the Centres of Excellence like the IIM should be established at different places in the state for making the young generation energetic and strong. She pointed that Information Technology no longer remained a luxury, but had become a necessity of the present day. She expressed the need for all, including the non-government and civil society, to join hands with the state government in order to provide skill development and employment opportunities to 60% youth of the state.
Remembering the former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on this occasion, the CM emphasized on labour reforms and better coordination with the leading business houses for providing equal employment opportunities to all. Recalling the idea of Swacch Bharat of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, she expressed the need of linking cleanliness, health and education.
Addressing the ceremony, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Jubin Irani said that IIM Udaipur was a big step towards realizing the dreams of young generation. She declared for setting-up a tourism and hospitality centre in the city. The minister added that IIM Udaipur would be developed as a research centre for water management based on the best modern techniques.
Smt. Irani said that under Unnat Bharat campaign the IITs, IIM and the Central Universities were adopting five villages each in their vicinity and carrying out developmental works. In this regard, IIM Udaipur too had been asked to adopt nearby villages and lead development of the region. As India is an agriculture-based economy and the country’s soul lived in its villages, IIM Udaipur would also include topics of agro-based industries in its curriculum.
During her address, Smt. Irani praised the CM Smt. Raje for her leadership skills for making the state progress and empowered. She said that the God had given strength to pull out Rajasthan from deprivation and she would surely bring the state in the forefront.
Prior to this, the CM and the Union Minister laid the foundation stone for the IIM campus spread in 300-acres area. Chairman of the Board of Governors of the institute Shri C.K Birla welcomed the dignitaries. Member of Parliament Shri Arjun Lal Meena, MLA Shri Phool Singh Meena and Director of IIM Udaipur Shri Janat Shah were also present on this occasion among others.