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Neglecting arts and humanities is hurting society: Governor

Neglecting arts and humanities is hurting the society,said Governor K Sankaranarayanan at an event to commemorate 81 years of Nowrosjee Wadia College.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: July 24, 2013 2:40 am

Neglecting arts and humanities is hurting the society,said Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday while addressing the gathering at an event organised to commemorate 81 years of Nowrosjee Wadia College.

“Neglect in arts and humanities sector is affecting our society. This has also affected the quality of research in these fields. Most importantly,this is affecting the availability of quality teachers,” said Sankaranarayanan.

He added,“We cannot have a society without arts and humanities. Without these subjects,we will not be able to address core problems of the society like poverty,inequality etc. We have to attract students to these fields.”

As part of the event,Sankaranarayanan felicitated HD Moogat and Dr UB Bhoite for their outstanding contribution in the field of education.

Talking about the importance of institutions in character building,Sankaranarayanan said,”Character formation is very important. We have bright engineers and doctors but character needs to be built from childhood itself.”

He said educational institutions play a major role in making leaders.

“Students should go beyond syllabus. They should take more interest in affairs of state and nation. We need a new breed of leaders who can shoulder responsibility to help governments,” he said.

Urging the youth to play a role in nation building,Sankaranarayanan said,“India’s youth population is an advantage. Other countries are aging. India needs qualified engineers,doctors. teachers etc.We face acute shortage of skilled manpower,with only 2 per cent of the total applicants eligible for a job in the country. Hence,there is a need of skilled manpower in all fields.”

“Among the top 50 universities of the world,only two are from Asia but none from India. We need to bridge this gap,” he added.

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