Aizawl (Mizoram), Sep 24 (ANI): In her convocation address to the Mizoram University here today President Pratibha Patil lauded the University for its high traditions, and said she was glad to know that the university was free from the menace of ragging.
"It is encouraging that older students welcome the new students and help them settle down. This is also a tribute to the Mizo moral code of Tlawmngaihna which imposes an obligation on all member of society to be hospitable, kind, unselfish and helpful to others," she said.
During the convocation, President Patil awarded gold medals to 27 post graduate and graduate students.
Patil also asked the boys of the varsity to work towards increasing their numbers in the medals tally.
"I see more girls than boys being awarded medals, although it is a good thing but boys should not lag behind," said President Patil.
"One, it should be remembered that a successful life is largely a matter of discipline. But this discipline, in order to be of value, must be largely self-discipline. Second, the development of concentration helps in focusing the mind on the tasks before you. Third, time management helps you manage your tasks effectively by prioritising tasks and completing them as per schedule," she added, while emphasizing on three qualities that should be imbibed by students.
President Patil also asked the Mizoram University to be prepared for challenges emerging from globalisation of economy.
"Educational institutions to be relevant, must take into account the national scenario and global developments to structure a curriculum that caters to the opportunities and challenges that are likely to be faced by students," she said.
President Patil further said the Indian economy is getting integrated with the global economy through the process of globalisation.
"This throws the challenge of being globally competitive. Higher education must, therefore, develop analytical, relative and scientific capability of their students. Universities are institutions for public good and public welfare and have a role in fulfilling national and social responsibilities," said President Patil.
"Education without community participation is incomplete in today's world. I am happy to know that research based on requirement is being conducted here. Students must interact with local communities and understand their problems," she added.
On the occasion, President Patil exhorted that students take up research in bamboo flowering called 'Muatam' and 'Jhum' cultivation, which have caused setbacks to agriculture in the state.
"It is also important that the University creates certain awareness of the adverse impact of climate change and encourages people to adopt energy efficient and eco-friendly measures," she said.
Mizoram Governor and Chancellor of the University Lt Gen (retired) M M Lakhera, who was present on the occasion, said the state needs a boost in medical education.
"About 37 seats are sprinkled across the secondary level medical colleges across the country for Mizo students. I hope that a medical college will start soon in the university," said Lakhera. (ANI)