Panaji: Goans need to move out of their comfort zones and compete with national and international talents to become more competitive says deputy collector of Sanguem, Ajay Gaude.
He lamented over curriculum based education system contributing to the failure of Goan youths in competitive exams.
Gaude was speaking as a guest of honor at the 33rd convocation ceremony organized by IGNOU in the city to award 1242 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to the successful students in their respective programmes.
Regional director Dr Kameshwari Murty of IGNOU Goa Regional Centre, assistant regional director, Dr G Srinivas, faculty members and students attended the convocation ceremony.
Ajay Gaude, who is the civil service officer and also the evaluator for IGNOU, said that students look at degrees for achieving jobs and don’t go for acquiring knowledge or skill which makes them incompetent to crack the competitive exams.
He said with the number of graduates steadily rising and competition getting tougher it’s more important than ever that student knows how to improve their skills and gain knowledge.
In his address, Gaude said students should not look at degrees for achieving jobs as their ultimate goals rather think differently to unlock their true potential, which will happen only if they move outside the state and compete with others to get more knowledge.
The deputy collector motivated students with three mantra of success ‘Discipline, Dedication, and Determination’ and said the youth today fails to bear the brunt of real-life challenges because their mindsets are without critical thinking, and broader visions.
“Our education system is based on standard curriculum and does not teach or provide learning based on needs. We get our degrees but don’t help build morality of the students as a result those score highest marks or awarded with medals were found to be involve in scams or scandals”, he informed.
He further pointed out that there are more successful people who did not earn good grades or high percentage in their exams. “Who or where you are from in terms of one’s background or status, does not determine who you will be. Successful people go for lifelong learning, they never try to stop learning and getting all the knowledge needed”, he said.
Congratulating the professors and staff of the University who are behind the success of the students, the regional director of IGNOU Goa Dr Kameshwari Murty said that convocation is a great time of celebration for the University graduates, their families and friends.
She said that apart from catering to the educational aspirations of millions of students worldwide through its 21 schools of studies, 67 regional centres and four sub-regional centres across the country, the University has a significant international presence with a networking of 12 overseas study centres.