Nanded, Feb 26 (UNI) Former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Padma Vibhushan Dr K Kasturirangan, on Tuesday appealed to the students to devote more time for acquiring knowledge with a view to meet the challenges faced by the country.
Addressing the 21st convocation of the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University (SRTMU) in presence of vice-chancellor Dr Udhav Bhosle who presided over the function, he said that the country is on the decisive phase of development and growth which needs updated knowledge and stressed on importance of contribution of the students in nation building.
Underlining the need of solving various problems including that of good health, drinking water, quality education and conservation of environment, Dr Kasturirangan said that these problems should be solved by using modern affordable technology. Expressing his pleasure over a significant number of gold medal winners, he said that education builds wisdom and independent thinking as well as frees the person from prejudices and superstitions.
Meanwhile, Dr Bhosale gave a review of the working of the university and informed that a new course of tribal studies and social work will be launched from the next academic year at Kinwat-based Tribal Research and Study Centre. The vice-chancellor gave away gold medals to the meritorious students along with a citation. In all, 276 students were awarded PhD degrees. (UNI)