Pranab meets educationists

Asks Them To Imbibe Tagore’s Spirit Of Universalism


Srinagar, Sep 28: President Pranab Mukherjee has called on Vice-Chancellors and educationists to imbibe Tagore’s spirit of universalism and pluralism. He made these remarks to a group of intellectuals at the Raj Bhavan last evening after receiving a briefing on issues relating to the provision of higher education in J&K.
The President had desired to meet a group of intellectuals during his two days visit to the State and the Governor had invited a dozen present and former eminent educationists to participate in an interactive meeting with Pranab Mukherjee.
Addressing the participants, the President called upon them to not just achieve high standards but also maintain them on a sustained basis. The President observed that he has asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to plan a conference of Central University Vice-Chancellors so that problems affecting higher education in the country could be discussed in detail.
The President complimented the gathering for their valuable contributions to the promotion of higher education and reminisced how Prime Minister Nehru once said if given an option he would accept the job of Chancellor of Vishwabharati University over being the Prime Minister of India. Observing that he grew up in the environs of Shantiniketan, the President called upon the intellectuals to imbibe and implement in the institution they were serving the spirit of universalism and pluralism that Tagore expounded. The President said a country like India, with a billion plus population, had no option but to deal collectively with the dual challenges of quantity and quality.
N. N. Vohra, Governor, moderated the discussion and informed the President about the growth of higher education in the State in recent years, with the establishment of many new Universities and Colleges across the State, and the problems and constraints being presently faced.
The participants of the meeting put forth several suggestions and emphasized the need to enhance the quality of teaching and research and equipping students with appropriate capacities to enhance their productivity. They also pointed to the inadequacy of infrastructure, financial resources and shortages in the faculties, and stressed the need for identifying core areas of excellence in each university.
Among those who were present on the occasion included Prof. Abdul Wahid, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir; Dr. S. S. Bloeria, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Jammu; Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University; Dr. Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir; Prof. R. N. K. Bamezai, Vice-Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University; Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, Jammu University; Prof. A. R. Trag, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipore; Prof. D. K. Arora, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu; Prof. I. A. Hamal, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Ghulamshah Badshah University, Rajouri; Prof. S. Wahid, Director, Institute of Kashmir Studies; Prof. Nusrat Andrabi, Former Principal, Government Women College, Srinagar; Prof. Gul Muhammad Wani, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Kashmir University and Prof. Fozia Qazi, Head, Department of Mathematics, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:00:00 IST

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