The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venakaiah Naidu, has attended the 3rd Convocation of the School of Planning and Architecture located at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in August 2018.
The Vice President advised the students to create urban amenities in rural areas by providing facilities for people living in rural areas at an affordable cost. He also appealed to the authorities, Architects & Civil Engineers to adopt eco-friendly approach while designing infrastructure with a perfect blend of modernity and tradition.
He highlighted the need to amalgamate tradition and technology to improve the built environment and said that one must work towards sustainable development and ensure that rural areas are not turned into concrete jungles.
He appreciated the SPA Vijayawada for maintaining standards at par with premier institutes like IITs and NITs and said that it is important that the institution sets its new benchmarks, high standards and create its own brand.
The Vice President said that the role of Architects and Planners in the 21st century is not limited to merely designing and giving shape to human settlements and buildings. He called on architects to be innovative and creative to meet the requirements of a fast-changing world in which digital technologies are playing a pivotal role in shaping every aspect of life.
The Vice President advised students not to remain complacent and always aim at achieving excellence. He said that leading scientific universities of the world do not just focus on teaching, but also make efforts to become the nerve centers of innovation and incubation. He also urged all students, faculty and the graduates to strive towards research and innovation.