Mangaluru, Nov 11,2018: The total enrolment ratio in India has is yet 30% in spite of the country having more than 800 universities and 50,000 colleges, pointed out Nitte (Deemed to be University) Chancellor N Vinay Hegde.
Delivering convocation address during the 16th annual convocation of National Institute of Technology-Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal, on November 10, Saturday, he said not even one out of every three aspirant is able to pursue college education. “These figures are even more diluted among the weaker sections of the society especially in rural areas.”
He said, “Only by hard work and dedication to maintain high standards, you have earned your degrees and awards. It is a moment of pride for you as well as for teachers, parents and those who stood by you in shaping your life so far.”
Stating that graduates are the future of this nation and custodian of a very rich tradition and modernisation, Hegde said by obtaining a degree, is getting a desired identity, but the real work is further on.
“The value of this is when one enters into real process of re-engineering oneself. One need to believe in continuous learning to be relevant and productive” he advised.
He went on to say, in the world of Industry wherein automation is order of the day, one needs to update his/her knowledge continuously in order to rise in the toughest challenge of professionalism.
Many institutions in India are today diversifying and re-channelizing themselves to stay relevant in the contemporary and globalised higher education scenario.
Several measures are being taken by the institutions to address the challenges of quality and equity. There are a lot of discussions in academic circles about India’s ability to develop world-class institutions. “For me NITK is one such Institution, which has all the potentialities to be one,” he felt.
NITK, Board of Governors chairperson Prof K Balaveera Reddy presided over the programme. As many as 39 students received gold medals.
The number of candidates who received degrees in various disciplines are —: B Tech - 819, M Tech - 446, MCA - 86, MBA - 45, MSc (Chemistry) - 25, MSc (Physics ) - 22, M Tech (research)- 13 and PhD - 123.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald