Governor Arif Mohammed Khan inspects the ceremonial parade during Republic Day celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has called for a gradual qualitative transformation in the state’s higher education system to limit the flow of students to other states and countries and reap the benefits of the country’s anticipated demographic dividend.
“Given Kerala’s high intellectual and technological potential, it is achievable through dedicated, focused efforts,” he said while leading the Republic Day celebration at Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Jan. 26.
Mr Khan hoisted the national flag and received gun salutes at the ceremonial parade attended by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other dignitaries.
Commend the state government for addressing key areas such as agriculture, environment, housing, healthcare and education through its vision of a ‘ Navakeralam(New Kerala), the governor said the completion of more than 3.2 lakh houses under the LIFE mission has strengthened India’s dream of providing homes to more than one crore beneficiaries through various schemes including the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan delivers the Republic Day message on January 26, 2023 in Thiruvananthapuram. | Photo credit: Special Arrangement
The state also took inspiration from the country’s emergence as the world’s third-largest startup ecosystem recognized as Asia’s Leading Player in the 2022 Global Start Up Ecosystem Report.
“The NITI Aayog Baseline Report on Kerala with the lowest multidimensional poverty in the country, the third position in terms of youth employability according to the India Skills Report 2022 and the appreciation for Innovation Index and social security measures recognize the good performance of the state” , he emphasized.
He also added that the state’s top ranking in the latest Performance Grading Index (PGI) from the Union Ministry of Education, progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and effective management of decentralized planning are also widely appreciated .
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan greets Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during Republic Day celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram on January 26, 2023. | Photo credit: Special Arrangement
The governor also praised the economic reforms implemented by the central government. Guided by the spirit of ‘Atmanirbharta’, such efforts led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi enabled the country to confidently overcome the COVID-19 pandemic by ramping up health infrastructure and producing medicines and vaccines.
Opening up the space sector to the private sector has also produced encouraging results. “When Vikram-S, the sounding rocket developed by Indian start-up Skyroot Aerospace, took off, we saw our young people proclaim that the sky was no longer the limit. Indian Space Research Organization, which gave this encouragement, had also conducted many missions including PSLV-C-54, GSAT-24 and GSLV-MkIII OneWeb.”
The parade was led by the Commander, Major Anand CS of the Indian Army, and second-in-command, Squadron Leader Pradeep Kumar Sharma of the Indian Air Force.
Contingents of the 11 e Battalion of Madras Regiment, Indian Air Force, Railway Protection Force platoon, Karnataka Police, Malabar Special Police, Special Armed Police, Kerala Armed Women Police Battalion, India Reserve Battalion contingent, Thiruvananthapuram City Police, Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services, Kerala Excise, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, Forest Department, National Cadet Corps (NCC) Senior Division (Boys), NCC Senior Wing (Girls), NCC Senior Division Air Squadron, NCC Naval Unit, Student Police Cadet (SPC) Boys, SPC Girls, Bharat Scouts, Bharat guides, mounted police, marching bands of Thiruvananthapuram City Armed Police, Malabar Special Police and Kerala Armed Police Battalions I, III and IV; and the Pipe Bands of KAP Battalion II, V and 11 e Battalion of Madras Regiment took part in the ceremonial parade.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers Antony Raju, V. Sivankutty, GR Anil, Chief Secretary VP Joy and Thiruvananthapuram Mayor Arya Rajendran were among those who participated.