OUR nation, truly is one of the best countries in the world. We have about1.35 billion beautiful people, the richest resource in this universe, living together in harmony, appreciating unity in diversity, enjoying liberty, experiencing equality, promoting fraternity as one nation with one dream. Our country, India has the richest resource in this universe. What is that hidden treasure, the rich resource? It is the student community of our country, in theagecategoryof25yearsandbelow. The youth of the country, approximately the 30 to 40 % population of our country today, can definitely develop India as the super power by the year 2040.

I would like to share, an interesting fact… A 6 year-old student of class 1, will be 26 years old in the year 2040! A 10-year-old student of class 4, will be 30 years old in the year 2040, a 15 year old student of class 10, will be 35 years old in 2040. What are you going to become at the age of 26, 30, and 35? Who are you going to be, as an Indian at the age of 26, 30 and 35? Can you think, of a plan A, a plan B, and a plan C for you and for your family for the year 2040? Do you have a dream or a goal for yourself as an Indian? What is your vision for our country… for Maharashtra in 2040? How do you like to live in Nagpur city in the year 2040?

Your education for the next 20 years, must inspire you as an Indian, to dream and find answers to these above questions. Education is the one and the only thing that can empower and enlighten you. It is the most powerful weapon that can transform our country in the coming 20 years. We desire that educated, enlightened, experienced and energetic persons to govern our country from the year 2040. Our country needs your leadership skills from the age of 25, to make India a great country in the world. You must develop decision making and communication skills for collaboration and participation in the governance of our country.

You are all excellent smart students of the 21st century, with smartphones in your hands now, hoping to live in smart cities, in an era of Artificial Intelligence.You must start thinking and learning creatively, asking critical questions to solve numerous social and economic problems of our country.

You must strive for human excellence, become a competent individual, to make your contribution to scientific, technological advancements and progress of our country. You must control and command Artificial Intelligence to respect human intelligence in 2040. We must be masters of Artificial Intelligence and technological advancements, use them appropriately, and not misuse social media.

It is important as citizens of this great country to value the virtues such as honesty, justice and generosity. Itisourduty to respect everyone around us irrespective of who, what and from where they are. You need to grow as an emotionally intelligent person who empathizes with the feelings, concerns of everyone and must become a compassionate citizen of our country. We must make our homes, a harmonious joyful place to live, especially during this extraordinary crisis created by the pandemic corona. I request, all of you dear students and parents, to declare your houses as positive energy zones, where lots and lots of positivity enhances your immunity, during these difficult days. We must express our gratitude to numerous doctors, nurses, police personal, and government officers who have been caring for the sick and the suffering since10months. Your education must enable you to grow and develop as a healthy and a happy Indian.Your education must contribute to make our Motherland, a clean and green land to live in. May God send showers of blessings for our country.

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