Dear ALL, The University of Mauritius honoured the President of India by conferring her the Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa. Her speech contains valuable insights on Education For the benefit of colleagues and students who were not able to be present this morning, I thought I would share with you the following words from her speech, and from which we can all draw inspiration and I would recommend to read the full speech below.
Humility adorns Knowledge. ( A Sanskrit maxim )
An Education without Values and Morals is like a flower without the fragrance.
Your Excellency Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of the Republic of Mauritius,
Your Excellency Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius,
Your Excellency Dr. Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology,
Sir Ramesh Jeewoolall, Chancellor of the University of Mauritius,
Prof. Soodursun Jugessur, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Mauritius,
Prof. Konrad Morgan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius,
Distinguished Professors and Scholars,
Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I deem it a privilege to visit the University of Mauritius, an institution which has been providing quality education not only to Mauritians but also to students from countries of the region and beyond. It is acknowledged as a centre of academic excellence in Africa and Asia and other countries over the world.
I am honoured by the decision to confer on me the distinction of a Doctorate Honoris Causa. For me, this becomes an even more momentous occasion as I get the degree in the presence of His Excellency the President of Mauritius and His Excellency the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Mauritius is fortunate to have an able and experienced statesman as its President and a capable, dynamic and forwarding looking leader as its Prime Minister. As a member of the fraternity of the University of Mauritius, the honour which I have now, I convey my warmest greetings to the scholars, professors and students, past and present, of this renowned institution.