Nishank was among many other personalities, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of Odisha Central University, held via videoconference.
Kovind, the visitor to the central universities, emphasized the need for value-based education for the growth and development of students and youth.
In his address, Nishank said there was an era when foreign nations were “drawn” to India because of their academic prowess.
“Now is the time to achieve this kind of education through the new education policy,” said the minister, calling on universities to focus more on research and development.
“Politics will enable a regionally rooted partnership between industry, science and government for the holistic development of the region,” he added.
Lal hoped that the nation would use traditional knowledge as part of the new education policy.
The Union’s Minister of Oil and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, stressed the importance of increased cooperation for reaching greater heights.