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COIMBATORE: Even though the literacy level of women has considerably increased in the last 10 years, one-third of women in the country are still illiterate, C. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, said here on Saturday.
Delivering the graduation day address at the PPG College of Education, he said lack of education among women was one of the main reasons that served as a deterrent in their development.
“The recent census which has revealed the literacy statistics looks promising. The general literacy rate has risen from 64 per cent in 2001 to 74 per cent in 2011. The state's literacy rate is at 80 per cent. The literacy rate of women has increased from 53.67 per cent in 2001 to 65.46 per cent,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
Speaking on the vocation of a teacher, he said he was one who remained where he was while he raised the status of a student by eliminating their ignorance.
Pointing out the importance of grooming one's personality, Mr. Swaminthan said it was always a debate about whether heredity was responsible for one's personality or environment.
“The combined role of heredity and environment is important for one's personality. Those traits that one is born with have to be honed through good training for them to be developed into better qualities,” Mr. Swaminathan said.
He told the young graduates that there was no one who did not have any talent. It was necessary to develop the talent in such a way that it did not only benefit the individual but also the society at large.
IAKOKA N. Subramaniam, Managing Director, Habasit-IAKOKA Private Limited, Coimbatore, offered felicitations. L.P. Thangavelu, Chairman of PPG Group of Institutions, presided over the function.
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