Varsities should play key role in promoting innovation: Patil
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 00:08
Agartala: President Pratibha Patil on Saturday said the Universities should play a key role in promoting innovation and scientific research of international standards.

"The aim has to be research and innovation that is of international standards. Efforts should also be made to democratise innovation by tapping into innovative ideas at the grassroots of society," Patil said here during the eight convocation ceremony of the Agartala University.

She also asked the Central government to facilitate the study and research of ways and methods to promote inclusion of the socially marginalised sections in mainstream activity.

The President, who received a huge reception during her visit to the University, said she was "touched" with the kind of reception she received from the people of Tripura.

Hundreds of people from all ages had lined up along the seven-kilometer stretch from Raj Bhavan to the University to get a glimpse of the President where she came to attend the convocation ceremony.

Meanwhile, Tripura Governor D Y Patil, after completing his written speech on the occasion, went on to describe the relations he shared with the President and her husband and the bonhomie between the couple.

"It is my honour that Mr Devi Singh Shekhawat is here...Behind every successful man there is a woman but here it is Mr Shekhawat. Both of them have sacrificed a lot for each other...I am Governor today because of them," he said.

Padma Shree Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil became the Governor of Tripura last year. He is known to have founded a large number of educational institutes in Maharashtra ranging from schools to engineering colleges.

After the ceremony the President returned back from her five day trip to West Bengal, Mizoram and Tripura.


First Published: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 00:08

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