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Future guard: Students of UAS, Bangalore, at the 42nd convocation in Bangalore on Monday.
Future guard: Students of UAS, Bangalore, at the 42nd convocation in Bangalore on Monday.

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42nd convocation of UAS, Bangalore, held

43 students awarded gold medals

BANGALORE: Universities need to change and develop a new curriculum to develop a world class workforce catering to the requirements of the 21st Century, said M.K. Bhan, Secretary to Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.

Delivering the 42nd convocation address at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, on Monday, Mr. Bhan said institutions must live up to the challenge of developing people needed for the 21st Century. The country needs a world class workforce which will prepare academic, entrepreneurial and social leaders. “There should be a new type of university development where the institutions radically open up to the world. You cannot be satisfied with your achievements, but look at the challenges ahead. We have to develop an ability to smell the future. Think of agricultural education for 21st century,” he said.

Mr. Bhan said educational and research institutions need to increase the level of innovation, which is key for translating scientific knowledge into useful products and processes for staying competitive globally. A national level innovation policy for agriculture and food sector was required to promote, nurture and reward innovation.

Coming down hard on the lack of inter-departmental interaction in the universities, Mr. Bhan said departments were going in search of collaboration with foreign institutions when the know-how is available next door. Ability to work in a cooperative than on competitive basis within the country was a key for success. Partnerships within and across countries were a core to development and must be promoted. These partnerships were relevant for dealing with wealth generation or science for social good.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, P.G. Chengappa spoke.

Medals

As many as 43 students from undergraduate, masters and post graduate programmes were given gold medals. Kumari Swetha, a B.Sc. (Agri) degree holder, was the highest with 10 medals.

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