Governor N N Vohra on Monday made a strong plea for education to be spared from politics so that children might secure their future.
“If we somehow spare education from politics children shall secure their future,” he said.
Addressing a gathering of scientists and scholars at the 13th session of J&K Science Congress at the University of Kashmir, Vohra, who is also the university’s chancellor, said: “We have the potential, we also have the capacity to excel. Yes, there are some internal and external circumstances, but we have to deal with both.”
Vohra said the government has to ensure that society, politics does not touch teaching and academic schedules. “Only then our children will progress and future of this state can be secure,” said Vohra
In an indirect reference to the ongoing protest shutdowns, Vohra said, “If children are not allowed to move forward and if we close down institutions, postpone examinations consequent to situations we are facing, what can a VC of a university do. If situation goes like that, he has to go along with the situation.”
While the Governor spoke to the gathering in the splendid convocation complex of the university about the value of education, its students held a protest on the lawns of the university to register their opposition over the killing of thirteen militants and four civilian protestors on Sunday. “Today three ministers were supposed to come here, but due to the situation they couldn’t. So we lose such opportunities,” the Governor said.