Lauding women students for outdoing their male counterparts in the academic field, Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki said, on a lighter note, that the time has come to empower men.
Delivering his address at the 42nd annual convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University here, the chancellor said the number of degree and medal recipients among “our daughters” is much higher compared to that of “our sons”, which is a matter of pride.
Congratulating the graduates, postgraduates and researchers, who were handed over degrees and medals by him, Solanki said the biggest challenge before society is to build, strengthen and expand educational institutions by working with zeal, commitment and with a sense of belongingness.
The Punjab governor called upon academicians, educationalists and intellectuals to develop action-oriented and progressive programmes to encourage the youth to achieve academic brilliance and take the state forward on the fast track of growth and development.
Addressing the students, the governor said, “You should follow the holy teachings of great gurus and be proud of our nation. You have a much bigger responsibility in shaping the destiny of the country, shaping the future of young brains and thus forming a holistic and healthy society. Education should acquaint you with the marvels of science and technology, with its immense capacity to transform human lives, and with a view to develop a scientific temper.”
Solanki said the university bears the name of a great spiritual ambassador and founder of the universal faith of Sikhism, whose message is all the more relevant in today’s complex and materialistic world.
Referring the sacrifice of Guru Gobind Singh, the governor said students should have strong will and determination to achieve their targets as the tenth guru did through the slogan of ‘Nishche Kar Apni Jeet Karun’.
During the convocation, 842 degrees and medals in various disciplines were conferred on students and research scholars for the previous academic session.
Vice-chancellor AS Brar, in his welcome address, listed the achievements of the university in the field of sports and cultural activities. He said the university earned a high score of 3.51 from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Brar told the gathering about the upcoming University Institute of Technology (UIT), where courses in civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering would be offered. “This will lead to more job opportunities for the youth of this region. The university has also decided to adopt five villages, namely Laddhar, Badadpura, Chungh, Mithra and Gugra, for their development, especially in the fields of health and education,” he said.