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"Develop curriculum with social relevance"

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To foster India, its cultural traditions and social values



FITTING TITLE: The Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala (second from left), conferring D.Sc., (Honoris Causa) on K. Kasturirangan, Member of Parliament and Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, at the convocation of Alagappa Universi ty at Karaikudi on Friday. (From left to right) P. Kanniappan, Vice-Chancellor, S. Mohan, former Judge of the Supreme Court, and Umayal Ramanathan, Syndicate member, are also seen. — Photo: K. Ganesan.

KARAIKUDI : S. Mohan, a former Judge of the Supreme Court, has urged educationists to develop a curriculum with social relevance to foster the nation, its cultural traditions, social values and finer aspects of life.

He was delivering the 19th Convocation Day address of Alagappa University here on Friday. K. Kasturirangan, Member of Parliament and Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, was conferred D.Sc., (Honoris Causa) by the Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, for his significant contributions to Indian space missions.

"There is an imperative need for a dynamic approach in making education a `humanising agency,' which will duly stimulate inherent talents and aspirations of the individual on the one hand and the needs and demands of his environment on the other," Mr. Mohan said.

Universities should be places, where knowledge was shared and minds stimulated to think and act better, he said, adding that teachers and students must be inspired by practical idealism so that they could enrich culture and contribute to human happiness and prosperity.

P. Kanniappan, Vice-Chancellor, read out a citation on Dr. Kasturirangan.

The VC said that under Dr. Kasturirangan' leadership as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, space programmes had witnessed several major milestones, including the successful launching of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. His efforts had made India a pre-eminent space faring nation among a handful of six countries that had major space programmes, Dr. Kanniappan said.

The Governor distributed degrees to 234 candidates. A total of 15,572 students received degrees in absentia.

The Sivaganga Collector, M.A. Siddique, the DIG, Abhay Kumar Singh, the Superintendent of Police, Kannan, the Registrar, R. Dhandapani, the Syndicate member, Umayal Ramanathan, and others participated.

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