He pointed out that 69 per cent of universities in the country are under the purview of state governments, and 94 per cent of all college and university students study in these institutions. Given the magnitude of this task, it is necessary that the entire country works unitedly and is on the same page.
The President said being an intrinsic part of the legislative system in their states, Governors could provide a new dimension to development by communicating with legislators, university chancellors and vice-chancellors, academicians, social workers and other enlightened citizens.
Besides, the Administrators of the UTs of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep are also attending the two-day event as special invitees.
He expressed confidence that governors and lieutenant governors would continue to make important contributions for giving new direction to development in their respective states.
"The obligation of Governors to preserve and uphold the Constitution and commit themselves to the service and welfare of the people is even more pronounced in the current paradigm of co-operative federalism", Kovind said.
The President said that in today's digital era, people expect public services to be simple, transparent and there should be appropriate provisions for accountability. The President said, special attention needs to be paid to higher education and skill development at the level of States.
In his concluding address, Modi said "there is a dearth of ideas, resources, and capabilities in our country".
He also thanked the Governors for the various inputs given during the course of the two-day conference.
President Ram Nath Kovind on 12 October said the Governors of states have a crucial role to play in realising the dream of 'New India by 2022.
The theme of the opening session was "New India-2022". The second session was on the subjects of "Higher Education in States" and "Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to Make Youth Employable".