Not merely professionals, produce men and women of character: Prez to varsities

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Panaji, April 25
President Pranab Mukherjee today asked universities to produce men and women of substance and character, and not merely competent professionals. Addressing a convocation ceremony of Goa University here, he laid stress upon women’s empowerment through education as it will have a positive impact on future generation.Asserting that India is presently at a very challenging phase of its socio-economic transition, Mukherjee said the country needs to galvanise demographic strength, particularly the country’s youth.
The president said the centres of higher learning are social institutions and they have to carry out their responsibilities as a social entity.
“A strong connection with the society will provide the edifice for value-oriented learning in them. This will instill in the students a sensitivity that will inspire them to search for solutions to vexed socio-economic problems.

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