Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu participated in the Praribha Award function and presented awards to meritorious students in AP Government schools and colleges. Addressing the event held at Indira Gandhi Municipal Ground in Vijayawada, Chandrababu spoke about the importance of knowledge economy saying that 25 percent of IT professionals in the world are Telugu people and took credit for it.
He said that he encouraged education and dreamt for the establishment of schools, colleges within the reach of students when he first became the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 1995.
“I tried to establish an Elementary School at every km, Upper Primary School at every three kms, High School at every five kms, Junior College at every mandal, Engineering College at every Revenue Division and a Medical College to every district.
“I knew that establishing colleges wasn’t sufficient as I need to produce employment for which I promoted IT Companies. Our people went to other countries from the IT Companies and the seed for 25 percent of IT Engineers being Telugu people in the world is due to me.
“I believe in one thing. For the past 20 years I have been saying that there is growing prominence to Knowledge Economy. The amount of property and wealth you leave to your children is not important. It is important as to how much of quality education you provide for them. Along with money, there is a need to cultivate ethics and morals in the individual and also to impart our culture for their overall growth,” Chandrababu said.
He asserted that only education can help students prosper in every walk of life.