CM wants universities to redefine their role

Jaya says Anna university is pride of state, asks to redefine role for future growth.
Chennai: Chief minister J. Jaya­lalithaa exhorted universities on Friday to redefine their role based on sound reflection on past and future growth to enable social well-being, besides lead an innovative inquiry to achieve this.
Delivering the convocation address during Anna University's 34th convocation, Jayalalithaa said that universities have been naively viewed as engines of innovation that churn out new ideas that can be translated into commercial innovations and regional growth. Universities are far more important as the nation's primary source of knowledge creation and talent.
Terming Anna Uni­versity the pride of the state, the chief minister noted that the university was one of the finest institutions in the country.
“The university is today widely acclaimed for its academic excellence and research in frontier areas such as electronics and communications, computer science, aeronautical engineering, biotechnology, crystal growth, remote sensing, environmental studies and climate change, to mention a few,” she said.
Jayalalithaa said that Anna University graduates not only used the engineering process on broad challenges, but also on traditional engineering problems. “I can see that all of you belong to that mettle - the league of citizens who care about the problems faced by our people,” she added.
Recalling the schemes launched by the state government, Jayalalithaa said that the state had established a university business collaboration centre, incubation and technology transfer centres, post-graduate centres of excellence with high tech laboratories in universities.
The state government has also set up network libraries for universities, soft skill training centres to empower students to develop managerial skill and employability, information and communication technology initiatives and training centres for the differently abled.
Governor-chancellor K. Rosaiah gave away degrees and gold medals to students.
Anna University vice-chancellor Prof M. Rajaram said that 1,20,477 undergraduate (B.E./B.Tech) students, 34,266 post graduates and about 688 Ph.D scholars had qualified to receive degrees.
( Source : dc )
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