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The development of North East is an integral part of India’s growth story: Dhankhar


NEW DELHI : Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Wednesday that the government policy of ‘Act East’, upgraded from the ‘Look East’ policy, has given impetus to the northeastern region and made way for its overall development.

He added that the development of North East is an integral part of India’s growth story.

On his first visit to Manipur State as Vice President, Dhankhar addressed students and faculty at Dhanamanjuri University, Manipur and later at Manipur University.

Speaking at Dhanamanjuri University, Dhankhar noted that infrastructure in the northeastern region is improving rapidly, citing improved rail links, increase in airports, among other initiatives.

He said the northeastern culture, diversity, dances and natural vegetation are unparalleled in the world. He added that he was touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Manipuri people and it was clear that the state’s happiness index was indeed high.

The vice president called the students foot soldiers of 2047 and said that students should not only dream of big ideas, but also pursue them to make them a reality, taking advantage of the opportunities for growth and becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

He said the National Education Policy – 2020 was a visionary document and a game changer as it states that education should not be limited to some extent but should result in improving skills and instilling values.

The vice president addressed students from the University of Manipur and encouraged them to experiment with different ideas. He said ‘fear is the biggest killer of innovation’ and wanted them to achieve their dreams.

Dhankhar noted that the world is watching India’s growth, which is best exemplified by its thriving startup ecosystem. He said India is now seen as a land of opportunity, every investor in the world is focusing more on India because of its rich human resources and increasingly transparent government processes.

He called on the students to always put the nation first and take pride in its achievements.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.