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Mr. Deshpande was inaugurating the Oceanography Research Centre.
He said the conventional education had lost its significance. The country needed human resources for its all-round development and not mere degree-holders. Vocational courses should be incorporated in the higher education system. He suggested that the Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, A.M.Pathan, who presided over the function, introduce courses on computer applications and also MBA courses at the postgraduate centre here.
Mr. Deshpande, who also inaugurated a men's hostel building on the P.G. Centre premises, said the university should build a hostel for women. He expressed unhappiness over the poor quality of work in the building.
The minister participated in the closing function of the NSS leadership camp organised by the university. He said the NSS was intended to develop a sense of service to the needy and also to instil a sense of patriotism among the youth.
Mohan Shetty, Kumta MLA, said the Oceanography Research Centre should investigate the causes for fish famine in the coastal belt of the State.
Prabhakar Rane, former minister, said globalisation had affected the education system too. He criticised the present education policy of the Government and said it was evolved under pressure from the World Bank.
Mr. Rane said the expenditure on education should be treated as investment on developing human resources.
Dr. Pathan announced the launch of a P.G. Diploma in computer applications from the next academic year. He said a hostel for women would be built next year.
Mr. Deshpande donated Rs. 2.5 lakh to the P.G. Department in the name of his father, Vishwanath Deshpande, on the occasion. He said scholarships should be awarded to M.Phil., students using the bank interest accruing from the amount.
G.R.Victor, NSS Coordinator, presented a report on the camp.
Kusuma Nilakanthan, Chairperson of the P.G.Centre, welcomed the gathering.
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