Frontlist | President says India’s higher education system reaches out to serve rural and marginalised sections of society
President Ramnath Kovind has said that India’s higher education system has expanded to reach out to serve the rural and marginalised sections of the society. Addressing the 16th annual convocation of Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore today, the President said that India has become the third largest education system in the world but still has to aspire for greater heights. Applauding the great works of Poet Thiruvalluvar, he said that it was necessary to imbibe his noble teachings.
Recalling the Vellore Sepoy uprising of 1806 was one of the precursors to our Independence movement President Kovind described that imparting quality education to students, many of whom are from economically and educationally backward regions was a noble cause.
He listed out the engineering marvel of Grand Anicut and the achievements of great mathematicians and scientists like S. Ramanujan, the Nobel Laureates C.V. Raman and S. Chandrashekhar the only Indian Governor General, C. Rajgopalachari and two of his illustrious predecessors R. Venkataraman and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who are great sons of this soil.
The President expressed his happiness that 65 percent of the students in the university were women. He told that when the women of our country are educated, it not only secures their own future but also of the entire country.
The President who is on a three day visit is visiting the Golden temple at Srikulam, Vellore. He will return to Chennai and stay at Raj Bhavan. The President will attend the 41st annual convocation at the Anna University and return to Delhi tomorrow.