NEW DELHI: Addressing the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the institution was an amalgamation of the rich education system of ancient India and the aspirations of the future.
“The University of Mysore is the centre of the rich education system of ancient India on one hand and the aspirations and capacity of future India on the other. This university has realised the vision and resolutions of “Rajarshi” Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and M Visvesvaraya Ji,” the Prime Minister said, while virtually addressing the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore.
“Education (Shiksha) and initiation (Diksha) are considered as two important stages of youth here. This has been a tradition for thousands of years. When we talk of initiation, it is not just an opportunity to get a degree. Today’s day inspires us to make new resolutions for the next stage of life,” he added.
Addressing the students on the occasion, PM Modi also remembered Bharat Ratna Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was attached with the university. “Today, your teachers and professors are also handing over the nation and society’s responsibility to you, along with your degrees.”
“Now you are moving from a formal university campus to the big campus of real life. This will be such a campus where, along with the degree, your applicability of the knowledge that you have acquired will work,” he added.
The University of Mysore was established in 1916, first in Karnataka as well as the sixth in the country. The Karnataka governor marked his virtual presence on the occasion, along with other dignitaries like the members of the syndicate and academic council, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, statutory officers and district officers, besides students and parents.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi on Monday highlighted that the Central government has established a number of higher education institutes, including IITs, IIMS, IIITs and AIIMS across the country.
“A total of seven new IIMs have been established in the last five to six years. Before this, there were only 13 IIMs in the country. Similarly, for seven decades only seven All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) were serving the country. After the year 2014, more than double i,e, 15 AIIMS have been established in the country or are in the process of starting,” the Prime Minister said, while virtually addressing the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore.
He said that there were 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country till 2014, even after so many years of independence.
“In the last 6 years, on average, a new IIT has been opened every year. One of these is also open in Dharwad, Karnataka. As of 2014, there were 9 IIITs in India. In the subsequent 5 years, 16 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) have been established,” he added.