Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday asked Ramjas College students to open their mind to ideas and questioned the unnecessary importance placed on securing a job as the aim of education.
“Open the windows of your mind and let the winds of free thought and free knowledge flow in. It will help you grow as independent thinkers,” said Jung, chief guest at the centenary celebrations of Ramjas, the third oldest college of Delhi University.
The college was founded in 1917 by Rai Kedar Nath in memory of his father, Lala Ramjas Mal. “We are a country that is progressing, but we are a very poor country. It becomes incumbent on each one of you to remember your commitment to our country,” he said.
Questioning the value attached to employment, he said, “Jobs will come by. I have no doubt students graduating from colleges such as Ramjas will get decent jobs. But is earning a livelihood all that matters?”
College principal Rajendra Prasad said Ramjas was and continues to remain a “hub of dissent” politics. “Many from Ramjas participated in the national movement… even during the Emergency, many teachers and students were arrested and sent to jail,” he said.