Amravati: India needs multi-dimensional
and broad-based quality education to maintain its leadership
in the 21st century, President Pratibha Patil said here today.
She was delivering the convocation address at the 26th
convocation ceremony of Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University
(SGAU) organised at Sports Complex of the University.
"We need experts in various fields to set system and
to perform tasks efficiently, within shortest time and in the
most effective manner by using different techniques," she
Patil said that the current challenge before the
nation was to improve the quality of its education.
"The 11th Five-Year Plan has given greater focus and
financial allocation to higher education and its objectives
are expansion, inclusion and excellence of education. The
education system as a whole and its every constituent unit
must focus on how these three objectives can be achieved with
urgency," she stressed.
"We need to ensure that all sections of the society
get chance to get education. Universities should provide
courses which would help students to undertake income-
generating activities or to be self-employed," Patil said.
The President said universities should play a role to
develop students as compassionate human beings and to
inculcate values in them to make them responsible citizens.