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UGC Chairman asks teachers to redefine education

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He inaugurates an eco-conference organised by GITAM

Well Done!Chairman of UGC Ved Prakash handing over a cheque to a student of GITAM University Vikas Kumar Singh for applying for patent right on ‘aero rest arm', during the inaugural session of a two-day national seminar on climate change and sustainable management of water resources at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam on Saturday.—Photo:C.V.Subrahmanyam
Well Done!Chairman of UGC Ved Prakash handing over a cheque to a student of GITAM University Vikas Kumar Singh for applying for patent right on ‘aero rest arm', during the inaugural session of a two-day national seminar on climate change and sustainable management of water resources at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam on Saturday.—Photo:C.V.Subrahmanyam

Every academic institution has to fulfil the needs of society, use its resources in a responsible manner and maintain standards of excellence in teaching and learning, Chairman of the University Grants Commission Ved Prakash said here on Saturday.

Prof. Ved Prakash said one should not get satisfied with what he or had achieved. “Get restless…. Some stop beyond the horizons of knowledge. Some get restless and go beyond to reach the level of truth. Don't satisfy yourself with knowledge and wisdom but always be in search of truth, which has multiple reflections like a well chiselled diamond”, Prof. Ved Prakash said while inaugurating a two-day national seminar on climate change and sustainable management of water resources being organised by GITAM Institute of Science's Department of Environmental Science.

He wanted the teachers to redefine the educational needs and by using technological advances prepare the children for tomorrow's world. At the same time the tradition and modernity must be balanced and the intangible assets of the country-culture and traditions must not be forgotten, he cautioned. “We have to ensure that the curriculum addressees issues of local, regional, national and global concerns. It's a tall order but must be done”, Prof. Ved Prakash said. On the topic of the seminar, the UGC Chairman said a state of concern had reached with needs turning into greed in spite of nature giving us enough of its assets. children should be taught to use the natural resources judiciously and scientific discourses should be done in layman's language, he said.

President of GITAM University M.V.V.S. Murthi pointed out that thanks to the climate change; seasons were no more in their regular cycles. Chairman of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research and former vice-chancellor of Andhra University K. Ramakrishna Rao said that saving water for future generations did not rest with scientists alone and every one must be involved.

Prof. Ved Prakash handed over a cheque for Rs. 25,000, presented by CEO of Symbiosis Technologies O. Naresh Kumar to a final year B.Tech. student Vikas Kumar Singh in appreciation of the student claiming patent right for his innovation aero rest arm. The UGC Chairman also appreciated the GITAM University's research work. The biopesticide GITAM Trishul, developed by an Associate Professor of biotechnology Ch. Muralimohan would connect GITAM University to the society, he said.

He also interacted for a brief while with the farmers who were being trained in the use of biopesticide.

GITAM University vice-chancellor G. Subramanyam, principal and dean of GIS N. Lakshmana Das, a senior professor of Indian Institute of Sciences (Bengaluru) P.V. Sivapullaiah, HoD of Environment Science and convenor of the seminar N. Srinivas, co-convenor Ch. Ramakrishna, environmental scientist T. Shivaji Rao, registrar M. Potharaju also spoke.


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