"Educating the rural girl would be a great advantage to the economy," said the Pro Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University, at the 129 birth anniversary celebrations of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s views were still relevant to the country, Pro Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University, D. Harinarayana, said while participating in the 129 birth anniversary celebrations of India’s first Union Minister for Education, organised by the GITAM Institute of Science on Monday.

Educating the rural girl would be a great advantage to the economy, Prof. Harinarayana said while pointing out that there was still a lot of disparity in rural and urban literacy and that women’s education was still a neglected area.

The education system as well as quality of institutions must be strengthened and youth must be imbibed with skills so that they could compete in the global environment, he said.

Principal of GIS N. Lakshmana Das spoke on the life of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He regretted that in wake of the IT revolution students were not opting for science courses.

But there was scope for a lot of opportunities in science for the younger generation due to the great ‘Big Bang’ experiment, nuclear energy, space science and other areas, he pointed put.

UGC affairs Director Ch. Ramakrishna, senior professor Ramana and other faculty members participated in the meeting.

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