Dhule: Hailing the recently
passed Right to Education Act, President Pratibha Patil today
said it would provide an opportunity to poor students to get
educated and prepare children to meet future challenges.
"The Centre has passed the Right to Education Act for
children between age group of 6 and 14. I am confident that it
would provide educational facility to the poor and weaker
sections of the society and prepare them to meet future
challenges," she said here.
The President was in the town to attend 75th anniversary
of Rajendra Chhatralay, inaugurated by first President of
India Rajendra Prasad. She was also felicitated by the
Municipal Corporation of Dhule and released books written by
late historian V K Rajwade.
Emphasising on importance of educating women, Patil said,
"Education to women is also needed to make them strong so that
social evils like dowry, child marriages and female
infanticide can be curbed."
"Women constitute half of our population, then how can we
achieve 100 per cent progress by keeping them illiterate," she
Noting that there was need for inclusive development, the
President said the country`s economic progress has been
remarkable in last few years and added that the benefits
should be reach all the sections of the society.
Releasing the books, the President praised the work done
by Rajwade and appreciated the V K Rajwade Research Institute
for preserving the rare historical papers and the collection
"Rajwade encouraged Indians to write history while the
period was dominated by European historians which shows his
love towards the country," she said.
Admiring Rajwade`s stand to write history books in
Marathi, she said "he (Rajwade) had said `if they (Europeans)
want to gain knowledge, then the Europeans would learn my
Marathi language. I will not write a book in foreign
Accepting felicitation from the Municipal Corporation,
Patil said more industries should come here, as the town
already has skilled workers. She said attention should be paid
to civic issues considering the fast growth of the town.
Patil is scheduled to visit her ancestral home in Nandgao
in Jalgaon district where she was born on December 19, 1934
and worship her family deity, Goddess Chamunda.