Vice President Hamid Ansari declares the JSS Science and Technology University open; stresses need of teaching basic science at universities; lauds JSS Institutions for its contribution.
Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) on Saturday was officially converted into JSS Science and Technology University. Vice President M Hamid Ansari rechristened the university at a glittering ceremony in the morning.
JSS Science and Technology University is one of the recent additions to the institutions administered by JSS Mahavidyapeeta, and is the second university being established besides a Medical University by JSS. The government of Karnataka has notified the university through a legislation vide notification letter No ED84 URC 2014.
A host of dignitaries including Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudhabhai Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Minister for Higher Education Baasavaraja Rayareddy, Minister for PWD and district In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, MLA Vasu, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Jagadguru Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamy, Vice Chancellor of JSS S&T Dr B G Sangameshwara, advisor of JSS Mahavidyapeeta Prof M H Dhananjaya, Registrar Dr K S Lokesh, SJCE Principal Prof Shakeeb Ur Rahman and others were present.
Addressing the gathering, Hamid Ansari said: “This University is the most recent example of the philanthropic and educational services being rendered by Suttur Mutt. Since 1954, following the vision of Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamy, the Mutt has played an important role through its educational arm, in furthering ‘quality education for all’.
“With over 350 institutions, covering all aspects of education – from primary to professional and technical – the Mahavidyapeeta has an iconic position in the field of education. The launch of the JSS Science and Technology University, renews the commitment of the Mahavidyapeeta to the making of a modern and developed India.”
Underlining the importance of science and technology, Ansari said that they have become the most powerful drivers of growth and development. “No aspect of human life remains untouched. The answers to humanity’s greatest challenges – be it disease, hunger, environmental degradation or energy requirements – all rest in our better understanding of sciences and finding better technologies to address those challenges,” he said.
“A regressive trend has been observed in the past few years in universities as science seems to be losing out to other disciplines, particularly professional courses. Universities are becoming mere teaching centres, with the research function being neglected,” he said.
“In a competitive economy, there will be much greater demands on the scientific and technological capabilities of the country. We will need more, and better, innovations in order to remain competitive as we aspire for faster, sustainable and inclusive growth,” he added.
“The building of a science-based, innovative and developed society, however, requires certain essential prerequisites including development of a scientific temper in the general public, focus on the study of the basic sciences for meeting our domestic requirements and a conducive environment where enquiry and evidence form the basis of rational choices,” he noted.
Stressing on the need for scientific education, Ansari said: “We need a strong emphasis on teaching and research in basic science. When it comes to science, no national scientific enterprise can be sustainable in the long term if it does not contain generous room for curiosity-driven research. While the technological outcomes and social benefits of basic science are ‘almost always long-term and rarely predictable, such science creates and consolidates overall competence and intellectual diversity,” he said.