Special Correspondent

Pondicherry University to use EDUSAT

PONDICHERRY: Kota Harinarayana, Raja Ramanna Fellow in the National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, has said educationists, scientists and technocrats have the responsibility to ensure human safety and welfare.

Addressing the 16th convocation of Pondicherry University on Saturday, he said India had the greatest opportunity in the 21st century. As per the demographic projections, 55 per cent of India's population would be less than 20 years of age by 2015 and they should be trained to be creative and innovative and ethical.

Expressing dismay at the current system of education that promotes memorising, Mr. Harinarayana, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, said the problem was that "we are collecting knowledge, and we are not creating it."

To achieve the goal of dynamic and progressive 21st century providing opportunity to all citizens, the academics, administrators and technologists should develop values, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor A. K. Bhatnagar said 10,636 candidates were presented degrees (including those who received the certificates in absentia). The university had been identified as one of the Central Universities, which would offer affiliations to the minority institutions.

He said the university was planning to use the EDUSAT to carry education to far-off places. The University Grants Commission had allocated only Rs. 17.5 crores to the institution during the 10th Plan, and this was inadequate.

Prof. Bhatngar also read out the messages of greetings received from President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekawat, who is the Chancellor of the university.

Lt. Governor M. M. Lakhera, who is the Chief Rector, gave away medals and prizes to graduates.

The graduates who were given degrees included 4,824 of the distance education mode.