Presiding over the annual convocation of the Gujarat Technological University(GTU) at its Chandkheda campus on Tuesday, Governor Om Prakash Kohli emphasised the need to improve the standard of technical and professional education in the country with a view to reversing the trend of students going abroad for study.
Pointing out to a time when students from all over the globe came to Nalanda, Takshashila and Vikram universities to acquire knowledge, he said, “time has now changed and our students are preferring to go abroad to study”.
“But we need to reverse this trend”, he said. Stating that India was passing through a vital transformation phase, he said that youth of the country would have to play a very significant role in new changes occurring in the country.
“The degrees the university is providing, are not only meant for making a career but also to transform oneself, to transform the society and ultimately the country”, said Kohli.
“Technology has brought massive changes in our life. Due to globalisation, we are facing tough competition. Knowledge revolution and technology are becoming engine of growth”, said Kohli.
GTU vice chancellor Akshai Aggarwal said that technological developments had transformed the society immensely in the last two centuries. “But most of the developments have been triggered by needs of the armed forces. Internet and wireless technologies, which have created the mobile revolution, would not have been possible without the support from Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency of USA”, said Aggarwal adding that GTU, during the last two years, had also been trying to involve Defence Research & Development Organization(DRDO) of India as a partner in research for mutual benefits.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Managing director and chief executive officer of Tech Mahindra C P Gurnami and vice admiral (retd) Anurag G Thapliyal.
A total of 4300 students from various faculties grauduating from 486 colleges affiliated to GTU were handed over degrees on the occason. The total number of students getting degrees this year will be 36,000. A total of 148 students were awarded gold medals for their most outstanding academic records. Two students, Shalini Dave and Bhavin Shah, were awarded PhD.