President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the tenacity and academic achievements of girl students across the country were a “game changer for our society”.

In a keynote speech at the 30th convocation of the Goa University at Taleigao, Mr. Kovind lauded the university for the high percentage of girls among the toppers and hoped that Goa’s promotion of girls’ education would be a model for other States. “The performance of girl students at Goa University is an example. As many as 60% of students here are girls and 63% of the toppers and medalists at today’s ceremony are girls. I am told that of the 67 gold medals being awarded today, 41 have been won by girls. This is an outstanding achievement for not just your University and for Goa, but for the entire country,” the President said. Stating that access to higher education was still a privilege in India, he paid tributes to citizens who sustain institutions like Goa University.

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