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SILCHAR, March 15: Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Prof Sanjay V Deshmukh said that the age of permanent jobs is over.
“Students have to learn, unlearn and re–learn relevant skills all the time. But learning skills or getting degrees is not enough. Students have to imbibe quite a number of values within themselves and attain worldly wisdom, which they will not be able to learn in any school or university,” said Prof Deshmukh at the 15th Convocation of Assam University here today.
The Vice–Chancellor of Mumbai University further said that there are main global currents of higher education, like the progressive intertiolization of higher education, reports of big mismatches between the skills needed by employers and what skills the graduates possess when they leave finish their education, which are relevant to all, regardless of the part of the world they live in.
“The world moves at a much faster pace. Our work can be time consuming. Each of us carries at least one instrument of mass distraction, our mobile devices. These devises equipped with fast internet speed keeps us updated,” he added.
“On the flip side, it can be disorientating also. It is vital for each of us to be persolly well rooted so that despite rapid change, we can retain a strong sense of our own identity –of who we are, where we came from, and what we value. Students, your family and friends are the most important foundation of this rootedness. Your parents and families have worked hard and given you the unconditiol support that has ebled you to be a successful graduate of this prestigious institute. On this happy day, they deserve a resounding round of applause from you,” Deshmukh said.
Speaking on an advisory note, Prof Deshmukh said, “Accepting failure is equally important as accepting success. J K Rowling at Harvard University Commencement Ceremony had said failure gives an inner security which one cannot attain by passing examitions. Most of us have no idea regarding our future profession. Our parents, teachers, relatives and friends put different ideas in our minds. As we grow up, we realize that we want to do something else. It is a tough call to take a U–turn and start doing something new,” he further said.
Throwing light on the chequered life of Gulzar, the Chancellor of Assam University, Prof Deshmukh said, “He started his career in the late 1950s. The hit song Mora Gora Ang Laile (Bandini, 1963) brought him in the limelight and the journey that started there continues even after 55 years. The Varsity is blessed to have him as its Chancellor. He is a great humanist, a man with a golden heart.”
Prof Dilip Chandra th, Vice–Chancellor of Assam University, declared the convocation opened.
Degrees were awarded to the winners of gold medals, merit prizes, endowment prizes as well as to the M Phil. Ph. D degree holders from all the departments of the University. In addition to this, graduates from all streams of other colleges affiliated to Assam University were also awarded degrees.
Among others present on the dais included, Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar, Prof Dr A Bhowal, pro–Vice–Chancellor of Assam University, Dr R C Deka, special guest of the day’s programme and deans of various schools of the University.
The age of permanent jobs is over, says Mumbai varsity VC
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