Chennai: When 60-year-old Anwar Basha received the gold medal from Governor K. Rosaiah, he was very excited, as he felt accomplished. There is no age limit for studious, he said during the eighth convocation of Tamil Nadu Open University. Anwar got a first class with distinction in Urdu.
He was forced to leave his studies at the age of 19, as he had to earn for his family. His passion for the Urdu language made him pursue it in 2011. Besides studies, he runs a small electronic goods business. Despite his busy life he would devote two hours for studies. “I am feeling proud and have become an inspiration for my grandchildren. My hobby is reciting religious books,” he said.
“Teachers should not simply give marks to students. Value should be given to the degrees,” said Professor H. Devaraj, Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission. “Skill development is an important aspect that needs to be focussed upon and this responsibility can be carried out better by open universities rather than the regular ones,” he added.
Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has paved the way for formulating 32 community constituent colleges in all the districts of the state, Prof. Devaraj said. Initially four colleges have been established in Madurai, Dharmapuri, Trichy and Coimbatore and the rest will be initiated. M. Roobha, who secured first class with distinction in the BCA programme, is the recipient of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) with a cash award of Rs 25, 000....
Location: Tamil Nadu