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Universities—hubs of ideas, not ivory towers: President

President Ram Nath Kovind in December said ...

  • The President Mr Ram Nath Kovind at the closing ceremony of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Utkal University, at Bhubaneswar, in Odisha in December 2019. The Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal and the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik are also seen

President Ram Nath Kovind in December said students and teachers should be sensitive towards empowerment of the marginalised sections of society. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Utkal University, he said universities were great hubs of ideas, but not ivory towers. They were part of society and thus remain engaged with social change, he added.

The academic community should be engaged in research that would create not only new knowledge base but also sustain human society, he said. Environment, health and education should be taken up vigorously. Institutions like the Utkal University that were endowed with multi-disciplinary faculty were better equipped to undertake this task, he said.

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