On Tuesday, President of India Ram Nath Kovind said that the girls’ better academic performance than boys is a sign of educational empowerment in India and all the societies.
He added to his speech that he strived hard to the best of his capabilities to visit the universities and other academic establishments to have an interactive session with the students to know how they are going to contribute to the progress of the nation. He shared an incident of attending the 15th convocation ceremony of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) held at the Convocation Ground of SIU’s Lavale Campus in Pune where out of nine medals, six were awarded to girls. That’s why he specially mentioned the girls exceeding academic performance as a welcoming sign for the society.
The president was invited there as the chief guest along with the other luminaries including state Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, and Guardian Minister Girish Bapat. The convocation ceremony was headed by Dr S B Mujumdar, Chancellor of SIU.
The founding director of the Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), Sonam Wangchuk, who founded this organization in 1988, was awarded the D.Litt. honor by the university.
Kovind stated, “Knowledge has no gender boundaries. Neither does it have geographical boundaries. It is a matter of pride for us that India has been a centre of learning for centuries. From Taxsila to Nalanda, the subcontinent’s age-old universities attracted students from different parts of Asia and beyond.”
According to him, India has also emerged as the global educational hub where multicultural campuses impart education for students from different countries. It has been seen that the students from African continents and neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Nepal come India to pursue their higher education.
It is the education of the citizens of a country, which equip them with the power to help the less-fortunate and under-privileged group of the society. The empathy of educated people towards the fellow citizens justifies their academic credentials.
“The founders of Symbiosis have drawn from the traditions of learning and the linkage between education, social change and fraternity that have been part of this city’s history,” Kovind said. He mentioned that Pune is one such place from where the ideas for progressive India originate and it’s really appreciable.
As per Kovind, the efforts of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule for laying the foundation for schools for girls only were commendable. They took the learning for girls wide and far. Most of the institutions of their age are still operating. Mahatama Gandhi was highly influenced with the educational culture brought forward in Pune by Gopal Krishna Gokhale. The bond shared by Mahatama Gandhi and Pune is worth cherishing especially when Gandhi Ji’s 150th birth anniversary is celebrated.
These leaders had not only fought against the Imperial rule in India, but also the social evils like caste discrimination, gender biased approach, etc. All of them endeavored hard and struggled to introduce the educational culture in the nation for all genders and castes.
With a glorious paste, the future is also beckoning a shining India with girls outshining boys in academic performance. What should be the benchmark of Symbiosis and other leading universities in India? The uplift Indian education has witnessed is truly appreciable. With a massive network of 903 universities and 39,050 colleges, Indian education system is on rise like never before.