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Do not leave education to market forces: Governor

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Humanise science and technology and help develop scientific temper, colleges told

SHIMOGA: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi said here on Friday that education should not be left to the market forces completely in the era of globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation as it is likely to harm the interests of the marginalised sections.

Inaugurating the silver jubilee building of the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering (JNNCE), he, emphasised the need for humanising science and technology and for developing scientific attitude and temper.

In an obvious reference to the recent Supreme Court judgment on admissions to professional courses, the Governor (without naming it) said, "I do not become despondent by [seeing] the slightest clouds on the political or Constitutional horizons. I am sure the sun will shine again soon. As in the past, whenever there are imponderables they should be surmounted through the spirit of amicable settlement."

The Governor said with checks and balances as enshrined in the Constitution it should be possible to find a solution to the present crisis to the advantage of the marginalised sections of society. He asked institutions teaching technical subjects to develop a quest for excellence and ensure that social justice was not denied to anyone.

Stating that in today's world science and technology were important, he said every college imparting technical education should try to bring professionalism in engineering.

He asked the educational institutions to improve the quality of education to help it contribute to the pool of knowledge and advance the frontiers of knowledge with a view to give it back to society.

The Governor said, "Whatever profession one belongs to, it is his responsibility to improve its professionalism." He suggested that all professions should be self-regulating.

Paying tributes to the late Sir M. Visvesvaraya, he asked engineering students to read compulsorily his life and works by regarding him as their role model. "I am overwhelmed by his amazing capabilities," he said and added that "such shining stars will show the way in the hours of despair and hopelessness."

The Governor lauded the pioneering efforts by a group of dedicated freedom fighters in establishing the National Education Society in Shimoga which had developed as a leading educational institutions boasting a string of educational institutions, including the JNNCE.

The Shimoga MP and former Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa, who was the chief guest, said Parliament would soon bring in a new law governing admissions to professional courses. He lauded the contribution of the NES to promote the cause of education.

The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, D.H. Shankarmurthy, said legislators had a greater role in bringing in a proper law to guard the interests of the neglected sections.

Minister for Cooperation R.V. Deshpande, who presided over the function, lauded the role of engineering colleges in providing quality human resources which was largely responsible for the software industries in the State emerging as among the best in the world.

Earlier, the Vice-President of NES, G. Nanjundappa, welcomed the gathering.

The Principal of JNNCE, A.V. Subramanyam, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, K. Chidananda Gowda, the President of NES, D.R. Rathnakar, the Secretary, Girimaji N. Rajgopal, and the Joint Secretary, S.V. Thimmaiah, were present.

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