J. K. Jain
In modern day society where each one of us has become more materialistic in our thinking and approach, my thinking is that education should be targeted to serve collective aspiration instead of mere achievement of individual goals. Education must serve as a means of leading the society to subsist a better life and make this planet a more livable place for our future generations. Students need to be trained to imagine their profession having social significance, but beyond consumerism. I firmly believe that quality education is no more a luxury, instead it is to be seen as an essential social requirement and also the curricular as well as teaching pedagogy should be effectual to meet the impending challenges. Therefore, the foremost challenge before higher education institutions is to produce intellectual capital that can create new opportunities; impart right skills among people enabling them to work in choicest domains; develop ability to create new knowledge through research providing solutions to problems.
Societal growth to me is a combination of accumulation of knowledge with reasonable capital formation and its equitable distribution. Science and technology helping in building today’s modern society are major contributions of human development, and everyone needs to internalize the same irrespective of his/her occupational requirement. At the same time, the fundamental concept of ‘improving quality of life’ should not be lost in harnessing the science and technology for economic well-being.
It gives me immense pleasure that Teerthanker Mahaveer University has brilliantly demonstrated its commitment to continuous intellectual development and transformation of society in a short span of just eight years of its coming into existence. The university is blessed with outstanding people and infrastructure that are dedicated to its mission of nurturing scholars who are capable of contributing to social development. I wish that entire faculty, students, and staff of TMU achieve greater heights in all endeavors.