Education is not merely imparting knowledge; it is inculcating values and discipline and it builds youth into strong men and women of tomorrow, said governor K. Rosaiah.

He was addressing students of S.D.N.B. Vaishnav College for Women, Chromepet, on Thursday, after inaugurating the indoor stadium at the campus.

The stadium, which has received UGC funding, is built on 29,000 sq.ft., with 15,000 sq.ft. area for table tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball. A specially-designed gymnasium is part of the stadium.

Mr. Rosaiah said there has been a decline in moral values and increase in conflict of ideas, indiscipline and uncultured attitude.

“Taking to sports and games not only develops a strong physique, but also a healthy mind. Recent incidents have made women and girls feel insecure and experience abuse and discrimination. Participation in sports and physical activities empowers one to build life skills. Learning life skills has become necessary for girls and women to safeguard themselves. Educational institutions should come forward to provide self defence training to girl students,” he said.

College secretary Chandrakanth M. Tolia, principal G. Rani, chairman of Cork Industries Charities Trust, S.N. Bhatt, and head of commerce department, N. Chandravathy, spoke at the programme.

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