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‘Education must lead to betterment of society’

Good counsel: Governor Banwarilal Purohit distributes degree certificate to a student at the convocation of Madurai Kamaraj University on Saturday. Higher Education Minsiter K. P. Anbalagan, former Supreme Court judge H. L. Gokhale and Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan are seen.

Good counsel: Governor Banwarilal Purohit distributes degree certificate to a student at the convocation of Madurai Kamaraj University on Saturday. Higher Education Minsiter K. P. Anbalagan, former Supreme Court judge H. L. Gokhale and Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan are seen.   | Photo Credit: G. Moorthy

“Education should lead you to a change in your mindset and pave the way to establish a society in which there will be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, gender or income,” said former Supreme Court judge H. L. Gokhale here on Saturday.

Delivering the 53rd convocation of Madurai Kamaraj University. Mr. Gokhale appealed to the graduates to take moral responsibility and remind themselves of the plight of thousands of youngsters who did not have the means to enter the portals of educational institutions. A number of luminaries from the State such as former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and father of India’s Green Revolution M. S. Swaminathan had contributed to the country’s development. Students must strive to achieve excellence in their area of specialisation.

Focusing on burning issues such as climate change, Mr. Gokhale said high carbon emission and global warming were causing concern. “We need industrialisation but also a good ecosystem,” he said citing the example of 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. “Let us be aware of these issues and make good use of the education to address these issues,” he said.

Of the 51,528 candidates, 270 received the degree in person and the rest in absentia. A total of 62 medals and prizes for students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses were distributed as well. Governor Banwarilal Purohit presided and distributed the degree certificates. Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan, who presented the annual report, said Madurai Kamaraj University’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) had improved from 54 in 2018 to 45 this year.

The ‘entrepreneurship hub’ would conduct training programmes in the affiliated colleges. A sum of ₹53.50 crore had been released for the second phase of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), under which infrastructure upgrade works had been undertaken, Mr. Krishnan said.

Higher Education Minister K. P. Anbalagan and secretary Mangat Ram Sharma were present.

Sowmiya gets Ph. D

Sowmiya Anbumani, Managing Director of Makkal TV and wife of Pattali Makkal Katchi leader and Rajya Sabha member Anbumani Ramadoss, received her Ph.D in Sociology at the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), here on Saturday.

Ms. Ramadoss did her thesis under the guidance of professors K. Muthuchelian and R. Kannan, from the Bio Energy and Sociology departments respectively. Her thesis was titled ‘Studies on the role of village forest council in betterment of rural livelihood besides ensuring forest biodiversity resources in Tamil Nadu’. She was among the 270 candidates who received the degree from Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

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