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Students should think beyond grades to question concepts and build grand vision: President Pranab Mukherjee

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Indian universities must recognize emerging global trends that are creating new models of knowledge dispensation,  President Pranab Mukherjee today said while addressing the 64 convocation of Panjab university.

President stressed on the role of education in shaping the destiny of a nation. He said that Indian universities must note the evolution of online courses and incorporate them in their educational structure to maximize benefits to students.

‘Many innovative ideas are born out of the ingenuity of the common man. Mentoring them to validate ideas and design viable products, calls for the development of an innovation value-chain. Higher learning institutions due to their multiple linkages can propel this eco-system.’ said the President.

The 2015 Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking had not featured a single Indian university in the list which shows that major investment and innovation would be required to make universities in India at par with their international counterparts.

He urged institutions to fire the power of imagination of their students so that they can think beyond grades and classrooms to question concepts and build grand vision through research and inquiry.

Congratulating the Panjab University students for their success in various walks of life, the President opined that Indian universities must produce men and women of character and integrity

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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

Also Read: Night-owl women not for long-term relationships: Study

Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)

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