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Reform, perform and transform, Naidu tells universities

Reform, perform and transform, Naidu tells universities
The 31st Hyderabad Book Fair was inaugurated and opened for the public on Thursday at NTR stadium. The 31stedition of Hyderabad Book Fair which is held every year in the month of December was postponed to January because of the World Telugu Conference.The Book fair which started on Thursday will conclude on 28 January. There are more than 300 stalls set up by publishers not only from Hyderabad, but even from Nellore, Vijayawada, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai and other states. Secretary of Book Fair Society Chandra Mohan told The Hans India this year there are 331 book stalls set up and the book fair would be open for the public from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm and on holidays it will be open from 12 pm to 8.30 pm. He said that the entry ticket cost Rs 5 and the entry is free for students if they show their identity cards.Explaining about the stalls at the Hyderabad Book Fair Chandra Mohan said that out the 331 stalls some of the stalls have unique features. He said that there is a stall of Sanskrit books from Varanasi, devotional book, children world and some stalls related to women. He said that there are even stalls of central and state governments including National Book Trust, Publication Division, Telangana State Language and Culture department, Open University and some other from British council and Oxford. (Photo: Zabi)

Chandigarh: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asked universities in the country to reform, perform and transform in order to become centres of excellence.

Addressing students and faculty of Panjab University (PU) at its 67th Convocation here, Naidu said that universities need to evolve and change according to the need of the changing times.

He urged students to master the mother language and to work hard to aim high to achieve heights.

He added that there is no substitute for ethics and value system.

He urged the youth for “will, skill and kill using the right means of communication that technology has provided” us to facilitate social harmony and to cultivate a culture of healthy and civilised discussion on many of the pressing problems.

Appreciating the move by PU to honour some of the outstanding Indian scientists, doctors, writers, educationists and leaders from industry, Naidu pointed out that many illustrious leaders and makers of the nation in many fields have been associated with the university.

Stressing on the importance of each discipline in the field of education, Naidu said that the division between the areas of science and humanities is an artificial one and made for convenience sake.

Naidu conferred Honoris Causa degrees on three eminent persons — Prof. M.M. Sharma (D.Sc.), Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee (D.Sc.) and former Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar (LLD).

He also conferred the Khel Ratna Award to legendary athlete Milkha Singh, Gian Rattan Award to well-known art historian Prof. B.N. Goswamy and Udyog Rattan Award to leading industrialist Sunil Kant Munjal.