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Shed outdated concepts, students told

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"Despite emergence of women as a force to reckon with, they were still looked down and the much talked about reservation in legislatures remained a far cry." Nearly 27,000 get degrees at KU convocation

WARANGAL: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, S. Jaipal Reddy, has exhorted the youth to grow beyond `isms' and become a true citizen of global village.

Addressing students at the 17th convocation of Kakatiya University here on Friday, Mr. Jaipal Reddy asked the students to shed the concepts that were obsolete and welcome new ideas. "Differing with teachers is certainly not disobedience,'' he pointed out.

The Union Minister opined that while there was recognition of technological effects on lifestyle, there was no corresponding appreciation of changes in patterns of thought. For example, the concept of nationalism, to retain its positive character, needed to be constantly salvaged from incestuous linkage to language, race or religion. Similarly, despite emergence of women as a force to reckon with, they were still looked down and the much talked about reservation in legislatures remained a far cry, Mr. Jaipal Reddy pointed out.

Clash of ideologies

"There is an imperative necessity to rise above the immediate clash of ideological concepts and develop a larger historical perspective in order to make a sense out of current chaos and see the way forward,'' he told the students who passed out of the university.

The Chancellor of Kakatiya University and Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sushil Kumar Shinde, conferred Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on three eminent personalities who are freedom fighters -- B. Venkat Rama Rao, M.S. Rajalingam and folk artiste Chukka Sathaiah. Over 26,968 candidates received degrees in various disciplines, 55 candidates got Ph.D. degrees and 95 candidates received gold medals from the Chancellor on the occasion.

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