President Ram Nath Kovind delivered the 16th annual convocation address at Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has a holistic vision to change the way children and young people are trained to make learning a part of personal development while serving the needs of society, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.

He delivered the 16th annual convocation address at Thiruvalluvar University in Vellore and welcomed the NEP. “India had a rich educational system before British rule. Gandhiji described it as a “beautiful tree” felled by what the British rulers called reforms. We have yet to fully recover from these drastic changes and restore our legacy. The NEP is a well-planned and decisive step in this direction, ”he said.

Mr Kovind said the politics bring together the best of India’s ancient heritage and the best of modern learning. “A student who comes out of such a system will have a higher level of self-confidence and also be better equipped to face the challenges of the future,” he said.

The president said he was pleased that 65 percent of the university’s students were women. “Our daughters and sisters break barriers and achieve success in all areas. This is evident from the fact that today out of 66 students who have received gold medals for academic excellence, 55 are female, ”he said.

Mr Kovind began his speech in Tamil and later said that he was proud to stand on the ground on which the 1806 uprising of Vellore Sepoy, one of the forerunners of the independence movement, took place.

The president also had advice for students: “What we learn from books is learning, while what we learn from life is wisdom,” he said.

A total of 80,176 undergraduate students, including 68,054 undergraduate students, 10,434 graduate students, 1,320 M.Phil holders, seven diploma holders, and 78 postgraduate diploma graduates, and 283 students received their degrees in person.

Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu and Vice Chancellor of Thiruvalluvar University, Thamarai Selvi Somasundaram, were also present.

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