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Precis writing solved exercise with Title “Aim of University Education” for Class 10, 12 and Competitive Examination.

Precis exercise on “Aim of University Education”

If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society. Its art is the art of social life, and its end is fitness for the world. It neither confines its views to particular professions on the one hand, nor creates heroes or inspires genius on the other. Works indeed of genius fall under no art, heroic minds come under no rule; a University is not a birthplace of poets or of immortal authors, of founders of schools, leaders of colonies, or conquerors of nation. It does not promise a generation of Aristotles or Newtons, of Napoleons or Washingtons, of Raphaels or Shakespeares, though such miracles of nature it has before now contained within its precincts. Nor is it content on the other hand with forming the critic or the experimentalist, the economist or the engineers though such, too, it includes within its scope. But a University training is the great ordinary means to a great but ordinary end, it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration. It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought, to detect what is sophisticated, and to discard what is irrelevant. It prepares him to fill any post with credit and to master any subject with facility. It shows him how to accommodate himself to others, how to throw himself into their state of mind, how to bring before them his own, how to influence them. He is at home in any society, he has common ground with every class; he knows when to speak and when to be silent; he is able to converse, he is able to listen; he is a pleasant companion and a comrade you can depend upon; he knows when to be serious and when to trifle, and he has a sure tact which enables him to trifle with gracefulness and to be serious with effect. The art which tends to make a man all this is the object which it pursues as useful, as the art of wealth or the art of health, though it is less susceptible of method, less tangible, less certain, less complete in its result.

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Solved Precis

Title: Aim of University Education

The practical end of university education is the creation of the right type of citizens in society. It does not aim at catering to the needs of some particular professions or at creating heroes, leaders, and conquerors. But it has great, though ordinary aims. It aims at raising the general intellectual standard of society: elevating national tastes and purifying the public mind and thought. Further, it provides an education that enables man to understand himself correctly and express himself forcefully. University education inculcates in a man the right attitude towards things and persons, a capacity to read between the lines and to adjust himself everywhere with case and efficiency. Further, it teaches him to be at home in every company and to be graceful and effective in his conversation.

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