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It's incumbent on higher educational institutions to provide quality education: President Pranab Mukherjee
"A university is the apex of the education system. It is therefore incumbent on higher educational institutions to provide quality education to transform the entire education system," said President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at the first convocation of Swami Rama Himalayan University in Uttrakhand held on April 1.

He was of the view that India's demographic dividend could fructify by provide the growing number of our youth good education, knowledge and skills.

"Mere expansion of higher education by establishing more centres of higher learning is not enough. Unless we take care of quality, the objective of preparing young minds into capable, confident and committed individuals will not be met.

An all-out effort to maintain good standards in our higher academic institutions is required, be it in developing the faculty, nurturing core competencies, establishing linkages with other institutions, networking with the industry, or focusing on research and innovation. The research areas should be prioritized so as to solve specific socio-economic problems," he added in his address.

Praising the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), the university, its faculty, the Science of Joyful Living programme and founder Swami Rama, Mukherjee urged that higher education institutions to instill in their students core civilizational values - love for their motherland, a sense of responsibility towards their society, and a compassion for all. The higher education system should produce sound professionals with a strong social sensitivity.

Congratulating the medical, nursing and management students receiving their degrees, he advised them to focus on the present, make failure a source of learning and create a better future by being a life-long learner

"Remember that graduation is a concept. In real life, you graduate every day. It is a never ending process as you learn new things from your occupation and imbibe other qualities from your life experiences. Remember that change is the law of nature.  Like old foliage that drops off in autumn, to be replaced by new foliage in the spring, try to adapt to change and become an agent for change. 

Old ideas and approaches that no longer serve any purpose should give way to better ideas. It is your creativity that can usher in change. So, proceed in the journey of life with an attitude to learn and an aptitude to think new," he suggested.

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