Chandigarh, Nov 12 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today stressed that the future belonged to India, as it was the ''youngest country'' of the world with half the population below 24 years of age.
The world was now a global village, and India would emerge as the second or third largest economic power in the world after 10 to 15 years, the Chief Minister said while speaking at the annual prize distribution function of the SSSS College of Commerce for Women here today.
On the occasion he gave away prizes to 23 outstanding students of the institution.
Mr Hooda said development of a society did not mean the construction of roads or buildings or bridges alone, but the educational institutions mattered a lot for the material development of a state, society and nation.
He highlighted the necessity to educate women and said that the Haryana Government has set up a women university named after Bhagat Phool Singh, an eminent educationist and Arya Samaj leader, at Khanpur Kalan in district Sonipat.
The Chief Minister announced to give Rs 10 lakh to the SSSS educational institutions out of his discretionary grant.
The Chief Minister also honoured. Sardar Surender Singh Kanwal, a will social worker politician of the region and Sardar Mukhtiar Singh Guraya, a retired Divisional Town Planner, who played a vital role in designing the building plans of the SSSS educational institutions.
Mr Hooda also released a book entitled, 'My Papers on Education and Unhidden Letters' written by Mr Jagdish Singh.
The Chief Minister and his wife Mrs Asha Hooda were honoured with a picture of Golden temple, a memento and a robe of honour by the management committee of the SSSS educational institutions.
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