Varanasi, Mar 15 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday emphasised upon the need for ensuring education for all sections of the society.
"If we have to harness the childrens' talent to full potential, it is essential to concentrate, specifically on two things. First, enhancing the opportunities for Higher Education and second, it must be ensured that every section of society gets equal share of education. We must take Modern education to all strata of the society and within the reach of every region," Singh said while addressing the 90th convocation ceremony of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
The Prime Minister went on to say that if a nation has to develop and acquire its deserved position, three things are essentially required "from my point of view. First, Science and Technology must have a strong base in the country and it must be utilised to full extent in every field. Second, nation's economy should be strong enough to ensure a respectful and peaceful life for countrymen. And, third... Nation's security should be strong enough to combat internal and external opposing forces."
The BHU today awarded an honorary D. Litt. degree to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for his "contributions to the Indian society". The degree was awarded by Dr Karan Singh, the chancellor of the University, at its 90th convocation.
The University also conferred the honorary D. Litt. degree to painter Satish Gujral and historian Irfan Habib.
During the convocation, 29 medals, 179 PhDs, 2,023 post-graduate degrees and 4,252 bachelor degrees were also distributed to students.