India needs more educational institutions to attain the objective of excellence. But the country cannot afford to exclude the poor, who form the majority, from accessing education, Governor K Sankaranarayanan said on Sunday.
“If we leave the poor out, there would be social unrest,” he said, speaking after unveiling the busts of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Kratijyoti Savitribai Phule in the premises of the Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) at Bandra.
Minister for public works and tourism Chhagan Bhujbal, trustees Pankaj and Samir Bhujbal and vice-chancellor of Mumbai University Dr Rajan Welukar were also present.
Paying tributes to Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule, the governor said that the social reformer couple altered the course of socio-economic history of Maharashtra with their work in the areas of women’s education, empowerment and widow remarriage.
He also congratulated founder of MET Bhujbal for creating a state-of-the-art educational institution.