President Pranab Mukherjee today said the welfare of human beings should be topmost in the minds of youngsters when they go out into the world to join work.
In his address to students of Visva-Bharati University here during their 48th convocation, Mukherjee recalled the words of former US President John F Kennedy-- "Ask not my countrymen what the country will do for you, but ask what you can do for the country"-- to drive home his point.
"It is not wrong to be successful in the material sense.... But can we forget we are products of a society...We are not in isolation...We are linked with human beings..We have an obligation to them," he said as he urged the students to embrace the world with "courage and conviction".
The President said every University of the country should have a distinct identity and core value as he called for re-establishing the relation with nature.
Rabindranath Tagore founded the educational institute as an 'Ashram' in 1901 with only five students to begin with.The institution was declared a central university in 1951.
Later, at an interaction with students and teachers of Aligarh Muslim University at Jangipur in Murshidabad district, the President said there were efforts to project the institute as one for Muslims.
"The notion that AMU is for one section only is wrong. All students can enrol in this university," he said.
Mukherjee said the standard of education in the country should be improved and teachers should play a much larger role.
Ancient Indian universities attracted students from abroad but the situation has changed now, he said, adding that efforts should be made to revive the existing universities to bring back the glory.
Murshidabad, he said, was a backward district and steps should be taken to impart quality education to the youth there.
Mukherjee also expressed the wish to visit the new campus of AMU being set up at Jangipur after the work on it is completed.
The President, who was scheduled to be present at a football tournament named after his father Kamodakinkar Mukherjee, did not stay back and returned to Delhi in view of the five-day state mourning for former South African president Nelson Mandela.