Pranab Mukherjee advocates free thinking among students at Jadavpur University

Former President Pranab Mukherjee today said free thinking and exchange of ideas can create a scientific temper and cultivate a spirit of curiosity in young minds.

Published: 24th December 2017 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2017 08:27 PM   |  A+A-

Former President Pranab Mukherjee (File | PTI)


KOLKATA: Former President Pranab Mukherjee today said free thinking and exchange of ideas can create a scientific temper and cultivate a spirit of curiosity in young minds.

Mukherjee, who was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) at the 62nd annual convocation of the Jadavpur University, said the institution has time and again participated in various activities for the welfare of the society and its people.

"It (the university) has championed the cause of many a social and political challenges and it should not waver from the path while pursuing academic excellence," he said.

Mukherjee said a holistic education plays a major role in shaping up a good human being.

"A good education system is one that empowers and enables an individual with social responsiveness," he said.

The former president also said that emerging economies like India should meet the development aspirations of its citizens and must build "an educational eco-system comparable with the best in world".

"There has to be sincere deliberations on various fora towards this end and the higher education sector must align itself with the global education sectors," Mukherjee said.

Institutions need to provide better emphasis on quality research work to get global recognition, the former president said.

"Aspiring universities should encourage mobility of persons and ideals across the globe. Adopting a world view would help institutions in getting accepted by the global community of higher education and it will add to their academic reputeÂ…" he said.

West Bengal Governor and the Chancellor of JU, K N Tripathi, on this occasion, advised students to put their knowledge to practical use.

"Let us remember a degree from an institution of higher education by itself is not the end... One has to put knowledge for practical useÂ…" he said.

Giving a brief history of the university's establishment, Vice chancellor Prof Suranjan Das said JU has always strove hard to achieve excellence.

The JU has secured the top ranking among state universities in National Institutional Ranking Framework of the Ministry of HRD. It had secured the 5th position among all universities and the 9th rank among all engineering institutions in the country, Das said.

A total of 1698 graduate students, 1402 post-graduate students, 168 M.Phil students and 397 PhD students were awarded degrees on this occasion.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp