Nagaland Guv inaugurates AGE Platinum Jubilee celebrations

By Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network


Manipal, 07 January 2018: Governor of Nagaland, Mr Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya formally inaugurated the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Academy of General Education (AGE) at Fortune Inn Valley View here on Thursday. In his inaugural address Mr Acharya spoke about the education system in the country and said that it needed changes.


“Time has come to change the mindset of the people of the country. Our education system has to change. Because the ultimate goal of getting education should not be just to acquire a degree in medicine, engineering or any other subject. The ultimate goal of a young man or woman should not be only to get a degree. But, through the degree the youth should serve the people and make the society strong,” he said.



“That is not happening,” he lamented. “Achievers have to become givers,” he said and asked, “How many of us are givers?” The achievers are happy that they have achieved -- become doctors, engineers, scholars and maybe even a governor. But the question that emphasized upon was, are we givers? He spoke of having a curriculum to unite and strengthen India. “Start new courses. We have a wealth of natural resources which can be used to make India a great nation,” he said.


Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) gave the opening remarks and welcomed the gathering. Dr H. S Ballal, President AGE and Pro Chancellor MAHE in his presidential address spoke about AGE.


“It is important we remember our Founder, the late Dr TMA Pai who was a medical doctor, banker and educationist.  He was always thinking of ways to end the three ills in the community -- ill health, illiteracy and poverty.  He was of the opinion that if you take care of ill health and illiteracy, poverty will vanish,” Dr Ballal said.


Hr Ballal added; “To take care of illiteracy, he started educational institutions under the banner of AGE in September 1942 at the school level.  Then he started first degree college in June 1949 and named it as Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College. To take care of ill health he started Kasturba Medical College in Manipal in the year 1953”.


“After his death in 1979, his son, Dr Ramdas M Pai, took over the reins and started MAHE. The deemed to be University status was achieved in 1993 and also a chain of medical colleges, hospitals and State Universities under the Manipal Group later”.


A short, well-made movie by the School of Communication on AGE was shown and senior officials of the Academy were felicitated. Dr H. Shantaram, Administrative Officer and Secretary of AGE spoke on behalf of the officials. Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr G. K. Prabhu gave the vote of thanks. Dr Gururaj Karajagi, Director, International Academy for Creative Teaching Bengaluru spoke delivered the keynote address on the topic, “Ethics in Teaching” to the teachers of the educational institutions of AGE and DR TMA Pai Foundation.


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