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Campuses must have spirit of academic co-operation: Sathasivam

Governor Banwarilal Purohit (second right) presenting certificate to a graduate at the 19th convocation of Periyar University in Salem on Thursday. Minister for Higher Education K.P.Anbalagan (left) and former Governor of Kerala P.Sathasivam are in the picture.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit (second right) presenting certificate to a graduate at the 19th convocation of Periyar University in Salem on Thursday. Minister for Higher Education K.P.Anbalagan (left) and former Governor of Kerala P.Sathasivam are in the picture.   | Photo Credit: E_LakshmiNarayanan

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Former Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam said here on Thursday that there should be a spirit of academic co-operation on the campuses of educational institutions, rather than aggression and violence.

Addressing the 19th convocation of Periyar University here, he said “I have always felt that the practices of any party, particularly political party, do not suit a campus atmosphere. What we need on campuses is not aggression or violence, but the spirit of academic co-operation and healthy intellectual exchanges.”

Mr. Sathasivam said many youngsters were coming up with business enterprises that were driven by new technology. “To motivate them, we need active linkage between the industry and academia. Our banks must also be lenient to incubation and start-up ventures”, he said.

Universities had always been catalysts for change not only in the areas of science and economy areas, but also in bringing about social changes. “Research departments in universities must reach out to people, because people may be hesitant to demand our services. Adoption of villages on a long-term basis could be one way of reaching out to people. Remember, better outreach builds better trust.”

Addressing the event, Minister for Higher Education and Pro Chancellor of the University K.P. Anbalagan said “the AIADMK government, since Jayalalithaa’s regime in 2011, has set up 82 new colleges in the State. While the national enrolment in higher education is 26.3%, in Tamil Nadu it is 49%.” Presenting a report at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor of the university P. Kolandaivel said the university had bagged the 68th position in National Institutional Ranking Framework initiative of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development. The university had also carried out reforms in the question paper pattern by including space for critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills.

Governor and Chancellor of the University Banwarilal Purohit awarded certificates to 357 graduates, including 95 gold medalists. According to a release, 55,427 candidates from the university and colleges affiliated to it would receive their graduation certificates.

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