Chandigarh, Dec 1 (UNI) Vice-President M Hamid Ansari today said education should be directed at the totality of life and need of the community.
Addressing a distinguished gathering of academics, faculty and Senate members and the students at the Panjab University here after laying the foundation stone of the Rajiv Gandhi College Bhavan, Dr Ansari said education needed to keep pace with the change taking place in society.
''In a society that is changing, the pace of movement is such that, some are left at the back while others who are galloping move upfront,'' he said while expressing the view that there was a need to regulate between the ''slow and the galloping''.
''It is the realm of thought and planning that helps in bringing about a cohesion between the slow and the fast,'' he opined.
The thinking process must focus on the intelligensia of communities and the universities have a role to play in this, Dr Ansari, who is also the Chancellor of the University, said. The Vice-Chancellors have an enormous responsiblity to confront the challenges in society, he said while referring to his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Referring to the Panjab University, Dr Ansari said it occupieds a very important place in the Indian education system. The progress made by the University after being displaced from Lahore after the partition is commendable, he said while praising the teaching faculity, both past and present.
Referring to the Rajiv Gandhi College Bhavan, which he inagurated, the Vice-President said it was very apt on the part of the University authorities to have named their latest venture after the late Prime Minister who symbolised the youth of India.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor R C Sobti welcomed the University Chancellor and gave a brief introduction of the progress made by the institution, which was the fourth oldest University in the country. However, it was the first university to introduce teaching courses on its campus.
Governor's of Punjab and Haryana Gen (retd) S F Rodrigues and Dr A R Kidwai respectively and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were also present on the occasion.
The Vice-Chancellor later presented a shawl and a momento of the University's prestigious Gandhi Bhavan to the Vice-President. He also honoured the two Governors and the Chief Minister.