Goa University’s 29th Annual Convocation Recap

President Pranab Mukherjee at 29th Annual Convocation of Goa University

President Pranab Mukherjee graced Goa University’s Annual Convocation program held on April 25, 2017. The University, on the occasion, also conferred the Honorary D.Litt degree on the President.

At the 29th Annual Convocation of Goa University, there were a total of 77 graduate and post-graduate students that were awarded degrees and 56 research scholars were awarded PhD.

The ceremony began by paying condolences to the 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in one of the deadliest Maoist attack at Chattisgarh on Monday.

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha presented the certificates to the students in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Vice Chancellor Varun Sahni, varsity Registrar Y V Reddy and the deans of all the faculties sharing the dais. Girls outshone the boys in securing degrees, which was much appreciated by President in his address.

“It is good to see that girls have outshone boys,” he said adding, “There is a well-known saying that when you educate a boy, you educate an individual but when you educate a girl, you educate an entire family.” – Herald

Points of President’s Address

  • Graduates were told by the president to prepare themselves for a competitive global economy.
  • The President asserted that we need to adopt best global practices for world-class management to improve the quality of education for which our institutions need to work relentlessly towards excellence and have to provide the best amenities to their academic community.
  • Institutions to adaptive to latest trends in their model of teaching. The President also spoke on the need to have an alliance between IT-enabled platforms like MOOCs and knowledge networks and incorporate in teaching methods.
  • He advocated for a strong research eco-system and said that such an eco-system needs to be built on the plank of institutional collaborations, research parks, and talented researchers. Adding that a link between Indian universities and industries is also a requirement.
  • No institution can excel in isolation, the President acknowledged and hence they have to provide students and faculty international exposure, introduce industry relevant matter in course work, and share academic resources.
  • Our higher education system that promotes competitiveness. NIRF is a valuable initiative and he was sure that with greater and more involved participation, this indicator will provide impetus to our institutions to do better in the coming years.
  • Centres of higher learning are social institutions too and they have to carry out their responsibilities as a social entity. A strong connection with the society will provide the edifice for value-oriented learning in them. This will instil in the students a sensitivity that will inspire them to search for solutions to vexed socio-economic problems in the environment in which they are living.
  • The onus is on our institutions to produce men and women of substance and character, not merely competent professionals.

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