Moily asks Universities to create conducive environment
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 19:00
  
Bangalore: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said universities must create an environment conducive for the healthy growth of students.

Addressing the 46th annual convocation of Bangalore University, he said, "Universities must create a conducive environment so that talents can blossom and students become positive individuals."

"Any attempt to divert the minds of our students to narrower goals will convert our younger population into a pattern of bonsai," he said.

Moily told the students that it should be their aim to become intellectually competent and technically skilled.

"You could be the game changers. Unleash your creativity. The future offers huge opportunity, go grab it. But be equipped to grab it or you will burn yourself," he said.

"Our country has caged knowledge for centuries. We should not shy away from expansion when the universities in the West, China have massive student strength. Expansion, inclusion will ultimately result in massive output with quality," he added.

The minister said some institutions like IITs IIMs had expanded only one per cent for the last 45 years. But with the implementation of the recommendation of the Oversight Committee of Government of India, they have now been expanded to the extent of 54 per cent.

Moily said, "India should take advantage of its demographic dividend like the US did two centuries ago and transform itself into a country of youth and provide leadership to the world."

The government was targeting a three times increase in enrolment in higher education from nearly 14 million to 40 million by 2020, he said.

Earlier, Nisar Ahmed, B K Srinivasa Varma and noted research scholar Chidananda Murthy whose name had earlier been rejected by the Governor H R Bhardwaj for his alleged remarks on conversion, but later cleared, were honoured with honorary degrees at the function.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 19:00


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