The honorable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, attended the 33rd convocation of Ranchi University in Ranchi, Jharkhand on September 30, 2019 and urged the universities in India to work toward their social responsibility.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Jharkhand is a rich state with 40 per cent of the country’s mineral reserves located in the state due to which many big public and private sector industries are established in the state. In addition to that, the state owns several beautiful tourists’ attractions as well as many good educational institutions. On the strength of many such characteristics of Jharkhand and the talent of youth, it has potential to become a developed state.
The President distinguished that Ranchi University has established Department of Ethnic and Regional Languages in 1980 to preserve and promote languages and culture of Jharkhand. At present five tribal languages – Kudukh, Mundari, Santhali, Ho and Kharia – are taught in the University to promote these dialects. He said that the knowledge of tribal languages and cultures should be utilized to connect with the community and for development as a whole. We should learn from the tribal communities to meet our needs in harmony with nature. He said that the Ranchi University could make multi-dimensional contribution by encouraging research on tribal culture and civilization.
The President also urged that universities should contribute towards Universities’ Social Responsibility (USR). Adding to that he suggested that at least five students from each university should go to nearby villages at an interval of about two months, and if possible, stay there at night and interact with the villagers to educate them about welfare and development schemes of the central and state government. He urged Ranchi University to pay special attention to USR.