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‘Universities not attuned to the times'

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23rd convocation of the regional centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University conducted

Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar and IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillaiat the 23rd convocation of IGNOU in the cityon Saturday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran
Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar and IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillaiat the 23rd convocation of IGNOU in the cityon Saturday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran

Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar has said that many conventional universities have not been able to adapt and are out of sync with the needs of the time.

Addressing the 23rd convocation ceremony at the regional centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here on Saturday, Mr. Jayakumar said that they were like an old Herald car trying to run through the modern highways.

He compared the mindsets and attitudes of many people associated with such universities with that of an old car.

Mr. Jayakumar, a former Director of Public Instruction, said that educational institutions should not rest on their laurels.

The inability of educational institutions to adapt to contemporary situations went beyond education and had a moral dimension. “It's a moral failure because, you are denying and depriving opportunities to thousands of people who would have been successful in their lives and made themselves relevant to society,” he said.

Many institutions in this country were facing this trauma and they should restructure their adaptive mechanism.

IGNOU had made itself relevant to society through its multifarious activities and variety of courses it offered.

It was attuned to the frequency of the time and that's why its relevance increased by the year, Mr. Jayakumar said.

It was no use having technological expertise if the person did not know how to customise it for a local use. All the knowledge one has acquired should be customised and used instantly to deliver results. Mr. Jayakumar urged the students to make the warrior prince Arjuna their role model who instantly shot an arrow into the earth and brought out a spring of water for Bhisma lying on a bed of arrows.

He said that the ethos of inclusion made IGNOU a remarkable institution. Mr. Jayakumar cited corruption and marginalisation as the two cardinal sins of contemporary Indian society. Development that marginalises people is meaningless. He felt that lack of self-confidence and self-respect makes a person insecure and vulnerable to corruption.

Jayakumar

says the ethos of inclusion has made IGNOU a remarkable institution.

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