Agra, President Ram Nath Kovind today said that women of the country were strides ahead of men in academic excellence.
He added that this presented a golden picture of the country’s future.
Addressing a large gathering of academicians and students at the varsity’s 83rd convocation, the President said India will grow far quickly if these young women are given an equal opportunity in the employment sector. He said that the Dr. BR Ambedkar University, which was earlier known as Agra University, is one of the country’s oldest Universities that catered to students from Lahore to Kolkata in the pre-independence era.
He said today, the university has over 1,000 affiliated degree colleges and over 7 lakh students.
A number of important national personalities, including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors and several Chief Ministers have studied in this University, apart from numerous Civil Servants, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists. Their life stories will continue to inspire the future students of this university.
Following a brief address, the President awarded degrees to students. He was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and DRDO scientist Tessy Thomas, both of whom were awarded honorary doctorates during the convocation.
Apart from the President, other dignitaries present at the convocation included UP Governor Ram Naik, UP Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma, National SC/ST Commission Chairman Ram Shankar Katheria and other MPs and MLAs of Agra.
The convocation was presided over by University vice-chancellor Dr. Arvind Dixit.