Education is the foundation of a nation’s progress, leadership: PM Modi

Astana (Kazakhstan), July 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that education is the foundation of a nation’s progress and leadership.

Speaking at the Nazerbayev University in Astana, he outlined India’s vision for Central Asia.

“The university reflects the vision of President Nazarbayev that education is the foundation of a nation’s progress and leadership. It recalls the wisdom of the great Kazakh writer, Abai Kunanbaev, who spoke about education as the shield and pillar for Kazakh people. Today, Kazakhstan is a nation of global stature and respect. This is not just because Mother Nature has been generous to you with resources of every kind,” said Prime Minister Modi.

He also said that his visit to the country marks the beginning of a new chapter in the ancient relationship which prevails between India and Kazakhstan.

“I have come here, drawn by history and goodwill and as a neighbour, to write a new chapter in an ancient relationship. Tonight, as I speak to the people of Central Asia, I could not have a chosen a better venue than the Nazarbayev University. In its short life, it has emerged as an excellent centre of education. And, I congratulate the first batch that has graduated this year,” the Prime Minister said.

“It is a great privilege to embark on a journey of all five nations of Central Asia. This might be the first time this has happened. I am truly excited to visit a great country and a great region that has been called the pivot of human history. It is a land of beauty and cultural splendour, of outstanding achievements and great heroism. It is also a region of continuous engagement with India since human civilisation began,” he added.

The Prime Minister further said that it was the vision of Kazakhstan which had resulted in the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia.

“It is because of your investment in education, human resources and infrastructure. These have helped increase the size of the economy four times in the last ten years. It is because of your leadership in advancing peace and cooperation in the great Eurasian region. It is your vision that has given us the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia,” he added.

Prime Minister Modi, who reached Astana on the second leg of his eight-day tour to five central Asian countries and Russia, met his Kazakh counterpart Karim Massimov here.

A high-powered FICCI delegation, representing sectors such as construction, pharmaceuticals, mining, banking, power transmission and IT, is accompanying Prime Minister Modi on his visit to Kazakhstan.

Top Indian companies such as Essar group, GMR, BHEL, NASSCOM, Punjab National Bank, Lupin, Punj Llyod and SUN Group are being represented in the business delegation. During the visit, the CEOs will meet leading companies from Kazakhstan and discuss a comprehensive strategy to enhance our mutual trade and investment. (ANI)

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