Achievement of students not just a personal triumph: Gourley

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Nashik, Jan 12 (UNI) Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof Brenda Gourley today said the achievements of students of Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) are not just a personal triumph, but an affirmation of ideals of YCMOU.

Addressing the convocation ceremony here, the chief guest of the function Prof Gourley Said, ''Each of you is an affirmation of the values and ideals that the YCMOU, founded with the primary objective of providing mass educational opportunities to all, stands for the people who were unable to leave their jobs or homes to study.'' The movement started 40 years ago when the open university was established in the United Kingdom. It was founded on the belief that no matter what the person's previous educational qualifications were, he or she should be given the opportunity for further education.

To remove all ambiguity, the founders declared this university to be open to people irrespective of their age, background, place and ideas.

''All these values were first proclaimed 18 years ago, when YCMOU became the fifth open university in India, thereby joining a world-wide movement, sharing a common history, philosophy and purpose,'' Prof Gourley said adding that by graduating from YCMOU, the students have become a part of a global community of millions of fellow open university graduates, who share the ideals and determination to change the world through the power of education.

''We are witnessing a seismic shift in higher education.

Citizens are hungry for education in the globalised world. A few decades ago, people who had no chance to demonstrate their intellectual capacity are now demonstrating over and over again, to engage and succeed when they are given the chance,'' Prof Gourley said.

YCMOU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar presented the university report on the occasion. As many as 27,096 diplomas and degrees were awarded in the ceremony and 12 gold medals were awarded for the achievements of students in various faculties.

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