DIBRUGARH, Sept 29 - The Governor of Assam and the Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya today advocated incorporating tribal dialects and vocational courses in the academic curriculum of universities.
The Governor while addressing faculty members, students and non-teaching staff of the University at the Ranghar auditorium said that all Centres of learning must ensure that all those who pass out from colleges and universities are employable or are entrepreneurs.
�Producing educated unemployed graduates is a crime. The purpose of Universities must be to empower young men with knowledge. The ultimate goal of being in a college or university is not to get a degree. You are in a college to acquire knowledge and degree is the beginning for your career. A university must not only be a centre of knowledge but also a centre for development,� he said.
Governor Acharya stressed that there must be dialogue between centres of education like universities and industries, trade and commerce and other resources of the region. The demand and the supply must be understood and this way education must be made more relevant. Universities must come out of the �ivory towers�, he said.
The Chancellor also suggested that the sixth semesters for all courses could be converted to skilled based. �Whether mobile repairing, carpentry or any other relevant courses, students must undergo vocational training too so that they are not a burden to their families with just conventional education but no jobs. We must also not produce self centred graduates,� he said.
Governor also released a book on Late Jaganath Mahanta, an eminent Vaishnavite scholar published by the Jaganath Mahanta Smriti Sanrakhan Samiti during the function. Governor is in a two day visit to the university. Tomorrow he will preside over the meeting of the Dibrugarh University Court, the highest statutory body of the varsity.