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Make governance your passion, president tells students

Posted on Aug 05 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 5 : President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday urged students to make the governance of the country their passion and help build a healthy democratic society.

"Read, learn and formulate views on national issues. Make the governance of this country your passion. Choose to engage with our beautiful but sometimes noisy democracy," Mukherjee said addressing the faculty and students of 1,172 central universities and institutions through the National Knowledge Network at the start of the academic year.

He said institutes of higher learning are the cradle of future administrators and policy makers.

"As the future practitioners of governance, you have to play an active and positive role in ensuring that these institutions perform their duties with responsibility," he said, speaking on "Democracy and Governance".

The president said good governance is not a given in any system. It has to be nurtured by carefully developing institutions of democracy.

"Distortions happen when one institution does not function in the manner expected of it leading to overreach by others. What is required then is strengthening, re-invigorating and re-inventing these institutions to meet the needs of the time. It calls for wider involvement of the civil society."

He said a sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. Our institutes of higher learning are the cradle of future administrators and policy makers. The seeds of progressive thinking have to be sown and nurtured here.

'Core civilizational values of love for motherland; performance of duty; compassion for all; tolerance for pluralism; respect for women; honesty in life; self-restraint in conduct, responsibility in action and discipline have to be inculcated in these institutions."

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