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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 15.05.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the third Convocation of Nagaland University today (May 15, 2013) at Lumami.

Speaking on the occasion, the President called upon universities and academic institutions to take the lead in meeting the moral challenge of our times and ensuring that our civilizational values of love for motherland; performance of duty; compassion for all; tolerance for pluralism; respect for women and elderly; truth and honesty in life; discipline and self-restraint in conduct, and responsibility in action are fully entrenched in the young minds.

The President said education is a powerful tool for social transformation. The recent increase in cases of brutal assault on women and children has shaken the collective conscience of our nation. We must identify the causes of moral decline in our society.

The President also said this decade is the decade of innovation. Innovation should benefit the common man. Universities and Industry should mentor grassroots innovations.

This release issued at 1245 hrs.