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Patil’s call to sikkim students
Published on 17 Apr. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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President Pratibha Patil today concluded her three-day visit to Sikkim after attending Sikkim University’s maiden convocation and inaugurating the closing ceremony of Sikkim High Court’s yearlong golden jubilee celebrations here.
‘’Students will substantially gain if the varsity uses innovative efforts to impart quality education in a stimulating environment.
Patil also called upon the young generation, particularly graduates, to deliver on the promise of transforming the country into an economic super-power.
“We (India) are being called a major emerging economy and the foundation has been laid to make our country an economic power. The present generation of our youths graduating from the universities now must deliver on this promise to make India an economic superpower,” she said.
The success that this university can achieve would depend on its ability to encourage new and innovative thinking,’’ said Patil.
The President also called upon the Sikkim University to serve as a platform for bringing forth the very rich local heritage of Indian Himalayans to the nation and global community. This means focussed effort to study, understand, develop and conserve these cultural, natural and intellectual heritages, she said.
According to a report in UNI, a total of 226 students, the first set of graduates from Sikkim University in education and library sciences, were conferred degrees during the convocation held at Sarmasa Garden, 14 kms away from Gangtok.
In her address, the President said Sikkim University fulfilled a long cherished dream of people in the state to have a higher learning institution in a national level.
The President is also the Visitor of Sikkim University, the 23rd University of the country, which had been established by an Act of the Parliament on July 2, 2007.
The university had become operational from the 2008-09 academic session. It introduced a multi-disciplinary semester system in the four government colleges and five private higher educational institutions in the state.
Earlier during the day, the President inaugurated the concluding ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of Sikkim High Court during a seminar at Chintan Bhavan at Gangtok. The seminar was on ‘Gender Justice and Empowerment of Women with Special Reference to Sikkim’.
‘’As the country’s first woman President, for me, a focus on women’s issue is but natural,’’ Patil, while speaking at the seminar. She felt that many of the benefits under the programmes and schemes of the government did not reach women.
‘’Legislation is important but not enough. Women have to come forward and seek their rights,’’ said the President.
Informing that women formed half of the state’s population, the President said, ‘’The women are industrious and hardworking. They are participating in the development of the state and occupying important positions. Efforts towards extending them all opportunities in the social, political and economic life by the state must continue.’’
Meanwhile, the President arrived in Guwahati Friday evening on a two-day visit to the state.
She is scheduled to attend a cultural programme after her arrival.
After spending the night at Raj Bhavan, the President will launch a programme ‘’Access to Justice and Socio-Economic development of North Eastern States’’ at Pragjyoti Indian Tea Association complex here.
The programme has been jointly organised by North Eastern Regional Committee for Access to Justice and Socio-economic Development, DONER, IGNOU and the Assam State Legal Services Authority.
Patil will return to New Delhi after the function.

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