Ranchi, Feb. 2: The efforts of Ranchi University to improve quality of education and fulfil the aspirations of indigenous tribal groups came in for rich praise today.
Addressing the 27th convocation of the varsity, Union HRD minister and chief guest M.M. Pallam Raju said the university boasts of a tribal and regional languages department and offers PG courses in nine languages. "Since some of the languages do not have scripts of their own, the university is doing remarkable work towards preserving national culture and heritage," he said.
Present at the function on the Morabadi campus were degree holders, members of the syndicate, Academic Council and deans.
The convocation started with the academic procession which was led by vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat, chancellor and governor Syed Ahmed, advisers to governor Madhukar Gupta and K. Vijay Kumar, who were followed by the head of departments.
However, all had to wait as the Union minister, who was scheduled to arrive at 10.55am, came in an hour late as his flight was delayed after being diverted to Calcutta.
There was thunderous applause as Raju said: "This university is extending its unstinting support to minority groups and scheduled tribes who need special attention."
The minister, however, expressed concern over the high number of illiterate tribal women and appealed to university officials to take this up as a challenge and lead other universities to eradicate this menace.
"I feel privileged to hear that more than 50 per cent of students in RU and its constituent colleges are girls and also feel privileged to give away the gold medals to girls," Raju said. He congratulated the degree holders and advised them to remember that the degrees will help them make a living, but it was their education that will help them to find a life.
Raju also expressed concern about the present status of universities which need to be upgraded, be it classrooms, laboratories or libraries, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Chancellor and governor Syed Ahmed said he felt privileged to be part of the convocation as the university had consistently produced talented students.
"I have tried my best to regularise the academic session, timely declaration of results and regularly conducting syndicate and senate meetings for the smooth functioning of RU," he said.
He added that efforts had been made to improve student-teacher ratio and education scenario in rural areas. "We gave Rs 50,000 in grants to meritorious students and organised the Chancellor Trophy which had been grounded for many years," he said.
The governor too stressed on improvement of education of girls from backward classes. "In an era of globalisation, importance of higher education has gone up and we need to match steps," he said.