Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday urged students to remain guarded against external and internal forces determined to divide the country on the basis of religion and caste.
Without referring to the Muzaffarnagar communal violence, Yadav said that his party was a “true protector of minorities” and committed to the allround development of Muslims.
Speaking at the fifth convocation of Integral University, member of parliament and former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav congratulated the students who were awarded degrees on the occasion.
The SP chief asked students to fight against the divisive forces and appealed to them to work for a better tomorrow. He reminded the degree holders of their social responsibilities and also invited some of them to join politics.
Mulayam said that he would speak to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav regarding some of the demands of the university so that the institution could carry on imparting quality education.
He urged scientists to work for increasing agriculture productivity with the use of latest technology because in times to come countries producing excess foodgrain would stop exporting and use the produce for their own consumption.
During the convocation, vicechancellor SW Akhtar conferred degrees on 2,124 students in various disciplines.
In all, 27 PhDs were awarded and 71 students were decorated with gold and silver medals.
Wasim Akram and Nida were bagged the gold and silver medals for getting first and second ranks in the university.
Akhtar sought a Rs 200-crore grant for the university’s expansion plans and Yadav’s intervention to help get 12B status for the institution that would pave way for central government funding.
In his report, the V-C detailed the university’s efforts in raising the standard and quality of education.
He also sought the former defence minister’s cooperation in establishing a super specialty hospital under the Integral Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.
Lauding the efforts of Integral University, state minister for health and f amily welfare Ahmed Hasan called upon the degree recipients to contribute substantially towards the development of the nation.
Others who spoke on the occasion included KGMU vicechancellor Prof Dr Devendra K Gupta, JNU professor Dr Rajendra Prasad, minister for science and technology Abhishek Mishra and minister for planning Farid Mehfooz Kidwai.
They demanded that 10% seats be kept reserved in all institutions for poor meritorious students.