The National Education Policy (NEP) is going to rediscover the finest of the indigenous education system while even encouraging professional and liberal education, stated by Ram Nath Kovind, President.
He was addressed at the 5th convocation ceremony of the Central University of Kerela on Tuesday at Periya in Kasaragod.
He stated that the education policy revealed in 2020 by the central government has the potential to turn the nation into a hub of knowledge.
“Mahatma Gandhi compared the indigenous educational system with a beautiful tree that perished under colonialism. NEP 2020 is an effort to rediscover its best aspects so that India contributes to the world that it alone is destined to make,” he mentioned.
“I believe that the most outstanding feature of the NEP is that it aims to promote both inclusion and excellence. It promotes liberal as well as professional education,” he further said.
On Tuesday at the convocation ceremony, 563 students from the batch of 2018-2020 got their graduation certificates.
In total, 742 students graduated from the university during that time. Out of them, 52 are Ph.D. scholars, 652 are postgraduates, and 29 are undergraduates. This convocation day happened amid a terrible global crisis set off by Covid, he further stated.
“Your education was affected early last year but technological solutions were put in place in no time and now you have completed your courses. In the process, you must have learned many lessons beyond your syllabus. You have learned better ways to respond to difficulties and challenges,” stated Kovind.
The president awarded gold medals to Anumol C N of School of Physical Sciences, Riya Merin Varghese of School of Economics, and Aishwarya R J of School of Global Studies.
“I am not surprised at all that all the three gold medal winners in today’s convocation happen to be our daughters,” he mentioned.
He said he was immensely happy to see that the number of female students who graduated was three times more than the number of male students.
“I have been told that our daughters constitute 64% of the total number of students in the university. I have been observing this growing empowerment of daughters through education in other parts of the country also,” the President stated and then added: “I see India of the future will become a knowledge power with rich contribution from our daughters”.
The president ended up his speech by wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year”.