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President attends centenary celebrations of BHU

VARANASI || President Pranab Mukherjee attended the Centenary Year Celebrations of Banaras Hindu University and delivered the Centennial Address at Varanasi on Thursday.

s2016051283465Speaking on the occasion, the President said by 2030 more than half of India’s population will be in the working age bracket. The so-called demographic dividend is a double-edged sword. Our huge workforce can be an asset or a liability.

It will be an asset only if we can provide quality education and skills training. If we can enhance the employability of our youth, we can become suppliers of workforce to the world.

The President said research and innovation needs to be made a national priority. It is critical that we make substantive investments in research and development as well as in our institutions of higher learning. Only with such investments can India join the ranks of leading countries of the world.