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Universities need to emphasise research, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship: President Kovind
Addressing the sixth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra in J&K on April 18, President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his happiness on the success of its Technology Business Incubation Centre at the campus meant to incubate student-led start-ups.

Also, he suggested that in today's world, universities and students need to emphasise research, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

According to the official release, the President also noted that girl students had got eight of the 12 gold medals at the University convocation. "Despite the fact that our society till places more restrictions on girls than on boys, young women are achieving a lot, and in every field," he said. The President specifically mentioned the medal winning performances of female sportspersons from all corners of India in the recent Commonwealth Games.

While referring to the incident of brutalisation and killing of a girl child in the state, he urged everybody in society to take responsibility for safety and security of children, stated an official release. In his address, he mentioned that perhaps the most beautiful thing in the world was the smile on the face of an innocent child.

The release stated the president as saying, "The greatest benchmark for society to judge its success would be to keep our children safe. Protecting every child and ensuring all children feel secure is the utmost responsibility of society. In various parts of the country, our children are sometimes victims of heinous crimes. The occurrence of such barbaric incidents even 70 years after Independence is a matter of shame. We have to ask ourselves – what kind of society are we building? What are we giving our future generation? Are we building a society where women can enjoy justice, equality and independence, as provided for by our Constitution? The President said it was a common responsibility for all of us, in all parts of the country, to address this issue."

Later, at a civic reception in Jammu city, he told the gathering that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had shown courage, fortitude and resilience, even in the face of challenges. He appreciated the confidence of the people of the state for their ability to use economic and educational opportunities that are being created in different regions of the state and their commitment to development and to the path of progress.

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