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Constant Distraction Affects Thought And Existence, Says VC

A life of constant distraction perpetuates shallowness of thought and existence. Professor Raman Subramani made the comment during the presentation of 845 books from Professor Wadan Narsey’s Collections on Saturday to
30 Jun 2017 10:00
Constant Distraction Affects Thought And Existence, Says VC

A life of constant distraction perpetuates shallowness of thought and existence.

Professor Raman Subramani made the comment during the presentation of 845 books from Professor Wadan Narsey’s Collections on Saturday to the University of Fiji.

The collection of books was gratefully received by the University Pro- Chancellor, Mr. Anil Tikaram, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Prem Misir.

At the ceremony Professor Raman Subramani, urged students to be smart in their knowledge of technology and to think beyond technology.

Professor Subramani highlighted that there was a debate going on between administrators who were ‘weeding’ out unread books from libraries to fill the empty shelves with computers and that there were strong arguments for both sides.

“Research on reading globally is showing declining interest in books among young people, and if they aren’t reading books then it makes little sense for libraries to store books that aren’t read.

“It is better to install computers; apart from other uses, hopefully some students will read books on the internet.

“This development is taking place in the name of modernisation and progress; both concepts aren’t unproblematic,” stated Professor Subramani.

“Technology isn’t just a tool to be used according to our will.

“There is a downside to technology; it controls us more than we can control technology.

Apart from its many benefits, the effect of the internet, for instance, is evident in young minds’ fascination with the temporary and the ephemeral.

Professor Subramani also spoke of the significance of the donation and the cultural value of books.

“While the Wadan Narsey Collection provides useful resource for the UoF’s growing Postgraduate programmes, the gift has symbolic meaning as well.

It represents a sense of service to the country evident among educated Fijians who want to give back to society part of what they have received from it,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor hoped that there would be more such donations not only of books but also other resources, and endowments by magnanimous individuals – that would help The University of Fiji to become a premier tertiary institution.

 



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