Daily Archives: November 30, 2014

Kalam urges students to set their goal

apj-abdul-kalamNoting that education aims to produce good human beings with skill and expertise, former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday asked students to set their goal and work hard with perseverance to achieve it.

“The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers,” Kalam said at the 150th anniversary function of Chandrasekhar Behera Zila School here.

Asking the students to become good human beings, set their goals and work hard to achieve it, the former President stressed on fixed aim in life, continuous acquisition of knowledge, hard work and perseverance to achieve success. Kalam, who started his speech in Sambalpuri, said knowledge was the assimilation of creativity, righteousness courage.

“Where there is righteousness in the heart there is harmony in the house, when there is harmony in the house there is order in the nation, when there is order in the nation there is peace in the world,” Kalam said. Stating that problems should be handled boldly, he said the youths should have the qualities to successfully overcome hurdles and effectively deal with problems in life.

Answering queries, Kalam said the primary education in the country makes the Indian education system unique as it was different from the systems in other countries. Kalam also released a souvenir during the occasion. Odisha’s School and Mass Education Minister DP Mishra was among the dignitaries present.

Odisha to set up open university at Sambalpur

In an apparent bid to pacify the ongoing agitation demanding establishment of an IIM in western Odisha, the state government on Saturday announced setting up an open university at Sambalpur.

The announcement in this regard was made by Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi in the assembly on Saturday.

“The proposed open university at Sambalpur will be first of its kind in the state. Therefore, its impact and jurisdiction will be vast,” Panigrahi said. Panigrahi said, “The state government has already made provision of Rs 35 crore for establishment and infrastructure of the proposed open university.”

Besides contributing to progress of higher education, the open university would facilitate distance education, continuous training and research for students and teachers.

The open university would also help a large number of students, drop-outs and provide need-based quality education in the backward and tribal-dominated districts of the state, Panigrahi said.

He said the varsity at Sambalpur also reflected the state government’s steps to eradicate regional imbalance in Odisha.

The people of western Odisha, particularly the residents of Sambalpur have been agitating since a long time demanding establishment of the proposed IIM for the state in their region. However, the state government decided to locate the proposed IIM in Bhubaneswar which led to intensification of agitation in Sambalpur.