Universities need educate both mind and heart of students: Ansari
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 30 Sep 2013

Addresing the first Convocation of Central University of Bihar in Patna on September 26, the Vice President the Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari, urged students to remember the timeless wisdom expounded by the philosopher Aristotle: ?Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.?

He stressed the need for students to be kind and show compassion to the less privileged and the deprived by becoming the ambassadors of peace, goodwill and harmony between communities and regions in our great country, informed the PIB release.   

It may be recalled that the Central University of Bihar is among the sixteen newly established central universities set up by the union government to improve the social and economic conditions and welfare of the people, as well as develop their intellectual, academic and cultural potentials.  

Here are some salients points made in the convocation address by Ansari.

-A university builds its reputation largely on relevant and innovative courses, quality teaching and incisive research. A faculty that inspires to bring out the best in the students is integral to the effort.

-Education has been recognised as the most important instrument for social, economic and political transformation of a society. A well educated population, equipped with the relevant knowledge and appropriate skills is essential for economic and social development in this age.

-Education is a potent tool for socioeconomic mobility and a key input for building an equitable and just society. It provides skills and competencies for economic well being.  It strengthens democracy by imparting to citizens the tools needed for effective participation in the governance process.

-In a diverse society like ours, education acts as an integrative force, imparting values that foster social cohesion, communal harmony and national identity.  

-In the Indian context, quality, affordability and accessibility have been adopted as guiding mantra for the development of our national education system.

-Human rights are freedoms to which we are entitled by virtue of being human. They are based on the principle of respect for the individual and the fundamental assumption that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity.

-Affirmative action in favour of marginalised and deprived sections of society to ameliorate their lot and empower them has been undertaken and made justiciable for enforcement.

-Many new issues have become part of the human rights agenda and will remain crucial in the coming decades. The conflict over natural resources, the issue of gender equality and the increasing incidence of gender violence and of caste, communal, ethnic and sub-national conflicts among communities, and environmental implications of some developmental projects, are some examples.

-In a vibrant and robust democracy like ours, there is no shame in acknowledging the faults and the lacunae that exist in the policies and institutions pertaining to human rights.

"We as a nation have to awaken our collective conscience. We also need to strive for global standards.I am confident that through the collective efforts of the students, faculty and staff, the Central University of Bihar will become a shining symbol of unity, harmony and tolerance in this region and beyond. By doing so, your institution would have fulfilled its mandate and at the same time inspired others to follow suit and make ours a strong, prosperous and united nation," ansari added.