RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Education is not merely to get employment and the purpose of education is to enlighten and empower an individual, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said.
He inaugurated the Amenities Centre & NTR Convention Centre on Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU) campus here on Monday. He also laid the foundation stone for Botanical Garden in the campus.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also laid the foundation stone for the Arts College building. Governor ESL Narasimhan was also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Welcoming the distinguished guests, AKNU vice-chancellor professor M Mutyala Naidu briefed them about the progress achieved by the university in the last few years. He requested the distinguished guests to convince the University Grants Commission (UGC) to accord 12 B status for AKNU so that the university can get funds from the former.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister recalled his college days and said that they were unforgettable. “Over one lakh students from twin Godavari districts are studying in the colleges affiliated to AKNU. I hope the university progresses on all fronts in future,” he said. “The TDP government is giving priority to education and through Gyanabhoomi, students from SC, ST, BC and Minority communities are getting scholarships. We are extending a loan of `10 lakh for students who want to study abroad,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Venkaiah Naidu said, “Teachers must transfer the world of learning.” He further said that they should be friendly mentors and act as role models to students. He exhorted the students not to neglect their mother tongue. He further said that education must build character, caliber and capacity besides promoting good conduct. While we are enhancing access to higher education, there is a general feeling that quality of courses and the teaching processes needs to be considerably improved, he added.
Vice President’s advice
Education must build character and promote good conduct. There is a need for raising the standards of education and increasing the professional competence of teachers
India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’ and Indians, irrespective of caste and creed, were blessed with lot of talent and intelligence and those qualities have to be fully tapped to make students acquire knowledge and face contemporary challenges