Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that online classes cannot go on forever. Virtual classes cannot be become actuals. He was addressing at the inaugural function of Puducherry Technological University by upgrading Pondicherry Engineering College.
The education sector has been among of the most affected by the pandemic with the teaching and learning process significantly disrupted. But, the worst seems to be over and with the world’s largest free vaccination programme underway across the country, we are looking at the recovery from the unexpected setback, he said. He also said that, online education cannot be a substitute to classroom learning, and hence, our students must return to schools and colleges at the earliest. He also requested every MLAs to personally ensure their constituency people to get vaccinated at the earliest. He was hopeful that Puducherry will be an example to other states in terms of vaccination.
Mr. Naidu also appreciated that the Atal Incubation Centre set up in this institute has incubated 15 start-ups in the areas of Electronic Design and Manufacturing and Drone Technologies, among other things. He also urged institutions like Puducherry Technological University to infuse a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and experimentation among the students.
Mr. Naidu, who is on a two day visit to Puducherry, later inaugurated the Solar power Plant with a 2.4 MegaWatt capacity set up at at Pondicherry University. He said that the solar energy has shown the most promise in recent years. And the preference for solar plants and solar energy among institutions and people is a very good and welcome sign, he added.
Mr. Naidu also said that India is endowed with vast solar energy potential. The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has assessed the country’s solar potential to be about 748 GW, assuming three per cent of the wasteland area to be covered by Solar PV modules. This is a great opportunity waiting to be explored to provide reliable electricity to our remote areas, to reduce carbon emissions and to achieve energy security.
While highlighting some of the structural issues that are hindering our growth in the sector, the Vice President also said that, the biggest is the shortage of domestically manufactured solar cells and solar modules. It is required to reduce dependency on imports and achieve Aatmanirbharta in solar modules and solar cells, he said.
Both the functions were attended by the Lt. Governor of Puducherry Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and Speaker Embalam R. Selvam.