English, IT basic tools for progress: Guv

UTTAR PRADESH Governor TV Rajeswar on Saturday said that English and knowledge of computers have today emerged as essential tools for students wanting to progress in life. He urged all students to increase their knowledge of these subjects and not to confine themselves just to Hindi. Speaking in his capacity as the Chancellor at the second convocation function of UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University held at the North Central Zone Cultural Centre .

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 00:43 IST

UTTAR PRADESH Governor TV Rajeswar on Saturday said that English and knowledge of computers have today emerged as essential tools for students wanting to progress in life. He urged all students to increase their knowledge of these subjects and not to confine themselves just to Hindi.

Speaking in his capacity as the Chancellor at the second convocation function of UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), held at the open grounds of North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC), the Governor reminded the students that by confining themselves to pre-set boundaries, they will impede their development and progress and may end up as nothing more than simply frogs of a well.

Speaking on the occasion, well-known genealogist and the director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (Hyderabad) Padmashri Dr Lalji Singh said that the 21st century is the century of knowledge and big challenge before the nation is to make India a knowledge society.

"To fulfill our dreams we need to modernise and democratise our varsities. We also need to create resource centres and network them besides dealing with the problem of brain drain," he said.

Dr Singh reminded that only through innovation can the knowledge be converted into wealth for the country. Dr Singh was conferred the DSc Degree for his contributions to science and society.

Noted educationist and the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Central University Prof Mushirul Hasan, who was conferred DLitt (Honoris Causa) on the occasion, said that students have an important role in developing their localities, cities and the nation and it is the duty of the teachers to guide them to fulfill their duty.

In his convocation address, noted population expert, honorary professor of the Institute of Economic Growth (New Delhi) and a member of the National Commission for Population, Prof Ashish Bose spoke on population and human resource development.

Prof Bose came down hard on the Human Development Reports published by the UN. "I do not see the utility of ranking of the countries. In the latest report, India gets a rank of 127 in terms of the Human Development Index, well below countries like Honduras, Guatemala, Gabon, Morocco, Namibia etc," he said.

Prof Bose queried as to why is population size not considered in calculating this index?

"In real life, absolute population size counts much more than rates and ratios.

Suppose I compute HDI based only on the following three indicators: population size in a democratic set-up based on multi-party system, population with knowledge of English language and number of scientific and technical persons with IT software skills. Then such an index will give India the first rank in the world," he pointed out.

He urged citizens not to get demoralised by the low raking accorded to India in the report.

In his address, the UPRTOU Vice-Chancellor Prof KNS Yadav informed the gathering that the varsity has planned to start a number of new courses from the forthcoming session.

"Besides certificate course in population and health education, we have decided to start PG diploma courses in Marketing, Human Resource Management, Operation/Production Management, E-commerce and Consumer production besides MBA in Fashion Technology, and Para Medical. A course on Rehabilitation Psychology with the support of the Rehabilitation Council of India too is on the cards," he added.

As many as 2819 students were awarded degrees on the occasion.

For the session 2004, 1057 successful students and for the session 2005 a total of 1762 successful students were conferred the degrees of BA, BCom, BSc, BCA, BEd, MA, BLiS, MLIS, PGDJMC, PGDFM, PGDEM, PGDCA, PGDIMB, DCWE, DCWH and Graduate in Tourism (BTS).

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 00:43 IST