Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai,
Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
& Chairman Distance Education Council (DEC)
visits Shobhit University, Meerut
Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Chairman, Distance Education Council (DEC), visited Shobhit University, Meerut on 8 November 2008; to interact with faculty and students and to share his views on quality education and its role in life management.
In his thought provoking speech, Prof Pillai emphasised that the purpose of education is to improve the quality of life. Education enhances knowledge and life management system skills which in turn improve quality of life in the society. It is necessary to understand the core values of the society in order to apply the knowledge and skills gained during education for the betterment of the society. He said that education provides you the skeleton only, flesh and blood are added by experiences only. Prof Pillai shared his views on distance learning and said that it can play a pivotal role in enhancing literacy rate in the country.
He mentioned that compartmentalized knowledge can not be only part of higher learning as real breakthroughs happen at interface. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the interrelation amongst various disciplines and apply the gained knowledge successfully for the benefit of the society. He encouraged the young students to participate in literacy mission enthusiastically.
Prof Pillai informed that knowledge commission has recommended opening of 1500 Universities to strengthen higher education system and to improve the gross enrolment rate which is quite low presently. To support such cause and to make India a developed country, about 10 Lac school teachers and 5 Lac professional teachers are required.
Prof Pillai said that number of institutions and teachers are required to enhance literacy rate and creation of such infrastructure needs a lot of time. Hence, there is need of utilization of new technologies to address this issue. However, as technology can not teach, only teachers can teach, so teachers should use these technologies to effect quality teaching learning process. The available technology shall be used to infuse synergy in the system.
Prof Pillai paid rich tributes to Babu Vijendra Kumar Ji, the Inspirer of Shobhit University, for his vision and his endeavour to establish institutes of higher education especially in rural area. Prof Pillai also inaugurated state of the art VLSI laboratory in School of Electronics Engineering of Shobhit University. He visited School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Biotechnology, School of Computer Engineering & Information Technology, School of Business Studies and School of Basic & Applied Sciences of the University. Praising the Shobhit University for excellent infrastructure, wonderful ambience and laudable academic standards, he said that Shobhit University is doing well and is poised for exponential development and growth. He congratulated the management for the successes achieved and developments on the ground in such a short period of time.
On this occasion, a Concept Document on “International Skill Initiative” of
Shobhit University was presented by the Vice Chancellor of Shobhit University
Prof. Anoop Swarup, IRS in the presence of Hon’ble Pro-Chancellor Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra and other officials of the University