Prayagraj: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel said here on Tuesday that earlier (before the Modi government came in 2014), Padma awards were given to big people. He said that someone did the work and someone else took the prize. Addressing the 18th convocation of Rajarshi Tandon Open University here, Patel said, “Today the entire system has changed. Today, surveys are conducted all over India and it is found out who are the women, men and tribals who are doing different work. People identified in this survey are given the Padma Award.”
He said, “Today every year more than a hundred such brothers and sisters receive Padma awards. I want university students to study about the people who have received Padma awards from the Government of India in the last five years. Make a small booklet to know why these people received this award. This booklet will give you great inspiration.”
Sharing an incident from the life of late industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, Patel said, “Dhirubhai Ambani used to do small work in Saurashtra and he used to earn Rs 10 per day. He used to go to a hotel and drink a cup of tea for five rupees. One day his friends asked, “Out of Rs 10, you spend five rupees on tea, whereas we drink tea for one rupee and nine rupees are saved.”
Patel said, “On this, Dhirubhai Ambani said that in the hotel where I drink tea for five rupees, big people come there and talk about big things related to business. I sit among these people and listen to them because I need some words of knowledge to move ahead. “Knowing the history of these people inspires me that I too can do great things in future.”
The Governor said that the number of people studying in this open university should increase gradually and it is expected that in the coming two-three years, more than one lakh students should be enrolled in this university. At present about 70,000 students are studying in this university.
Chief guest, Vice Chancellor of National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, Shashikala Vanjari, while addressing the convocation, said, “By making access to education easier in the remote areas of the state, this university has helped the deprived sections of the society, women, serving persons, those in jail. “Meaningful steps have been taken for the higher education of convicted prisoners.”
He said that in this state with a population of more than 24 crores, education can be made accessible to every section of the society only through online and distance education.
26 gold medals were awarded in this convocation, out of which nine gold medals were awarded to male students and 17 gold medals were awarded to female students. Home Science student Neelam won the maximum four gold medals.
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