Thiruvananthapuram: President Pratibha Patil
on Wednesday asked universities to promote skill development apart
from providing education and stressed that there was a need to
work on socially relevant issues.
Laying the foundation stone for Indira Gandhi National
Open University Southern Regional Campus here, Patil said the
link between learning and livelihood was important.
She said distance learning must give weightage to enhance
knowledge that gives practical and necessary know-how for
Distance education and technology have close links, she
said, adding it can even serve the national development
agenda, by reaching out to farmers and health workers to
provide them information that was relevant for them.
"There is need for the government and universities to act
in concert, to work on socially relevant issues and to reach
out to a broad segment of society," Patil said.
The Centre`s aim was to increase the enrolment ratio of
people receiving higher education, she said, adding for that
"we should need to expand our education infrastructure".
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Assembly Speaker G
Karthikeyan and IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V N Rajasekharan also
spoke on the occasion.
The function started about 40 minutes behind schedule due
to delay in departure of the President`s helicopter from
Kollam following a technical fault.
Patil had arrived in the state for a three-day visit on
August 29. She inaugurated the first President`s Trophy boat
race at the Ashtamudi lake at Kollam and also participated in
the valedictory function of the centenary celebrations of the
Knanaya Archeparchy of Kottayam yesterday.