Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has called upon educated youth to play a key-role in politics for the "rightful position" of the country among other nations.
After receiving the Doctor of Hounours from Nagarjuna University today at its 30th Convocation here, he felt that politics have been criminalised and in this context, politics requires more attention from the educated youth.
He said that values are steadily declining in all sections of the society and in all walks of life. He feels that this is the time for educated youth to offer their valuable services to the nation.
Somnath said, "Educated youth are harbingers of the new era of democratic values and torchbearers of a developed nation"
He asked youth that they must realise and accept the responsibility to free the people from injustice, corruption and divisive trends.
He said that educated youth are the future of India. To translate people's expectations into reality, a large number of committed youth are needed.
Somnath said, "We have to create a culture of commitment to democracy and democratic values such as equality, justice,
freedom and secularism".
Education is the only solution to solve all the socio-economic problems, he said stressing that special importance should be given to women's education.
Nagarjuna University vice-chancellor Y Haragopal Reddy, ex-vice-chancellor Balamohan Das, environmental scientist PG Sastry and others were present on the occasion.
Somnath Chatterjee observed that Parliament is the most pivotal institution in our democratic set-up for translating the people's expectations.
He lauded 73 and 74 amendments to the Indian Constitution which have strengthened the local-level democratic institutions.
Reservation for woman in these institutions has resulted in more than a million women sarpanchas beginning to play meaningful role in the development, he added. "This is having a remarkable impact on the overall development of rural India," he remarked.
Transforming our huge reservoir of human resources into an asset is one of the greatest challenges before India, Somnath said. "If we properly exploit our basic mathematical abilities, our proficiency in English language, our competence in IT sector, we can give a great momentum to our economic development," Somnath observed.
The University also conferred honorary degrees of doctorate to former vice-chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University Bala Mohan Das and veteran Telugu film actress Anjali Devi.