Compilation of Pranab''s convocation addresses soon: Javadekar

9 Jul 2017

Convocation addresses delivered by President Pranab Mukherjee will be compiled and published by the HRD ministry in a 'guru dakshina' to him, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said today. Felicitating Mukherjee, who was a teacher before plunging into politics in 1969, on the occasion of 'Guru Purnima', Javadekar said his life was an "exemplary" record of calibre, capacity and conduct. He said Mukherjee represented all the teachers in the country. "By felicitating Mukherjee, we are honouring all the teachers of this country," the human resource development minister said. At the inauguration of three digital initiatives in the education sector -- Swayam, Swayam Prabha and National Academic Depository today, Javadekar presented a small bag to Mukherjee containing a slate and stationery. "Since I called him a teacher, there will be 'guru dakshina' (homage to a guru) as well. We will publish compilation of his convocation addresses to various universities so that students can enlighten themselves from his valuable observations," he said. Swayam aims at taking the best teaching-learning resources to all. Under Swayam Prabha, the government plans to telecast high-quality educational programmes through 32 DTH channels. The National Academic Depository will facilitate online verification of certificates. Javadekar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi too was a "great political teacher".
"We learn from him everyday. How to think out of the box, we learn from him. Round the clock, he keeps thinking about the development of the contry.” The 81-year-old Mukherjee, who started his career as a lecturer in a college in West Bengal, retains his love for his favourite subject -- history. It reflected in the renovation of the President House Library in which various rare and historical books were restored. (PTI)