President visits alma mater Mumbai University

February 29th, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

Mumbai, Feb 29 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Friday visited her alma mater Mumbai University and urged the students there to address issues like eradication of social evils, alcoholism and drug addiction among the youth. “These evils cause great financial difficulties for families, many a times wrecking them. The country also suffers economically when productive individuals are unable to contribute their full potential to nation building,” Patil said.

Her suggestions came during the inauguration of the Health Centre and FM Community Radio of Mumbai University here Friday evening. The centre will be based at the suburban Kalina Campus of the university.

Patil, a graduate of the same university, said that in addition to the health centre, the university should also establish an education centre to cater to the students in far-flung rural areas of Maharashtra.

“The role of educational universities in today’s knowledge based and technology driven world has immensely increased and the country’s requirement for well-educated and well-trained personnel is greater than before,” the president asserted.

Maharashtra Governor S.M. Krishna, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, union Minister for Power Sushilkumar Shinde and state Minister for Higher and Technical Education Suresh Shetty attended the inauguration ceremony.

Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Vijay Khole and Pro Vice Chancellor A.D. Sawant were present.

“The health centre will provide modern health facilities to students and staff at a nominal fee and the community radio facility will combine information and entertainment, broadcasting community-related programmes as well as public lectures and discussions,” Khole told IANS.

He added that Mumbai University had approached the University Grants Commission (UGC) for financial support to the centre. It will be run in collaboration with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).

“We want this centre to gradually develop into a centre for ‘Studies in Public Health and Research’ and this will be done in a phased manner,” Khole said.

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