President Kovind addresses the 41st annual convocation of Anna University in Chennai.
Anna University is blessed to be located in this land of Tamil Nadu which has been the cradle of knowledge and learning since times immemorial.
The long literary tradition spanning over centuries in the form of Sangam Literature is a matter of pride for all Indians, as it symbolises the rich cultural heritage of our country.
The National Education Policy 2020 seeks to implement a modern education system based on research, skill and acumen relevant to the evolving needs of the present.
I am told that the oldest college of Anna university made humble beginnings in the form of the School of Survey in the summer of May 1794. Over the years, it became the famous Guindy College of Engineering which celebrated its 225th anniversary last year.
I am glad to note that this is the first Indian university to design, develop and operate a satellite in association with ISRO. Named ANUSAT, the satellite is not just an achievement but also an inspiration for young minds across the globe to open up and reach for the stars.
It is an honour for me to come to Anna University as my esteemed predecessor, Bharat Ratna Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was also an alumnus of this university.
We believe in promoting knowledge for the benefit of all.
The great poet Subramania Bharati wrote:
பூரண ஞானம் பொலிந்த நன்னாடு
புத்தர் பிரானருள் பொங்கிய நாடு
“Our country India is blessed with complete knowledge, It is this place where resides the compassion of Gautam Buddha.”
I am told that more than one lakh candidates at under-graduate, post-graduate and PhD levels are receiving degrees today of which about 45 percent are women.
Out of total students being conferred with gold medals and first-class degrees today, more than 60 percent are women