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Mukherjee bats for affordable quality educational institutions
Pranab Mukherjee, who was in Rajasthan on July 9 and 10, stressed the need for affordable, quality educational institutions to Indian students while addressing the first convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur.

The President said that students of professional institutes were not only a valuable asset for their profession but also the intellectual wealth of our nation, a PIB release informed.

According to Mukherjee, access to higher education should not be only for the privileged few, and quality educational institutions should be accessible to students with economically difficult backgrounds. He was of the view that increasing accessibility of higher education will bring a greater section of youth into the system resulting in a larger pool of trained and competent manpower to fuel the growth centers of our economy.

Mukherjee called upon the students to fully understand the democratic ideals of the country and said they must not only embrace the constitutional rights but also accept whole-heartedly the accompanying responsibilities towards the nation.

“IIT students are amongst the brightest young minds of our country and the governance of the country and issues of national importance should excite them,” Mukherjee said. He added that students should read, learn and formulate views on these issues since a healthy democracy is marked by informed participation.

The president urged the students to engage with India’s beautiful, complex, often difficult and sometimes noisy democracy. They should help the nation create better citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities.

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