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Education Institutions should produce Global Citizens
The education system of the country should be able to respond to additional demands of a rapidly globalising world by raising awareness on environment, peace, culture, social diversity and increasing competitiveness, Bharathiar University Vice – Chancellor C. Swaminathan said.
Such an education system could only prepare the individual to connect (and live in harmony) with the environment around him or her in the globalised world, he said.
He inaugurated the UGC – sponsored seminar on Globalisation and Marginalisation organised jointly by the Post Graduate and Research Department of English of Vellalar College for Women and Confederation of Indian Industry, Erode zone, recently.
The Vice – chancellor said that globalisation had changed the size, nature and quality of the environment.
The challenge for higher education, therefore, was to reform, create and develop systems that prepared the individuals to work in a borderless economy and live in a global society. In other words, the education institutions in the country should produce global citizens.
While globalisation enhanced the potential welfare of all human beings, it could also cause some people, communities and even nations to get marginalised.
The impact of globalisation on the poor was on the most emotive debates in the development policy community, Mr. Swaminathan pointed out.
The Vice – Chancellor called upon the sociologists, economists, historians and statisticians to put their minds together to counter the imbalances caused by globalisation and help the communities all around the world to reap the full benefits of globalisation.
Social activist and writer P. Sivakami delivered the keynote address. College secretary S.D. Chandrasekar presided over the seminar. Principal C. Suseela also spoke.