Academician Veeranna Charantimath and poet Jinadatta Desai have been awarded the honorary doctorate degrees of the Rani Channamma University at its fifth convocation of the university on May 8.
Prof. D. P. Singh, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru, He is Former Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi; Dr. H. S. Gour University, Sagar; and Devi Ahilya University, Indore spoke on the occasion –
Dear Students, this day reaffirms the solemn duty of each generation to transmit the best of its knowledge, culture and wisdom, gathered in the hallowed precinct of the university, onto the next generation. It reminds of the responsibility that awaits you as graduates and scholars. The great Indian philosopher, educationist and our former President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan had said “The aim of education is not the acquisition of information, although important, or acquisition of technical skills,
though essential in modern society, but the development of that bent of mind, that attitude of reason, that spirit of democracy, which will make us responsible citizens”. Today’s youth, having had the privilege of being educated in a free nation, has great capability. Our youth must understand that being in a democracy, it not only enjoys rights but also carry responsibilities. I am confident that the students graduating from this university will be responsible citizens and contribute in the growth and development of the nation.
Education has been the pillar of India’s growth and development. India has also been the home of some of the earliest inventions and discoveries in the areas of mathematics, healthcare, and science. Presently India has one of the largest education systems in the world. In the twenty first century, which is also described as the knowledge era, we have to regain the glory of Indian higher education
through appropriate policies and plans.
Knowledge is a true enabler of human empowerment. Education is also a strong driver of social thinking and transformation. University has the prime responsibility in educating the youth and prepare them for future. It is a unique space, which covers the entire universe of knowledge. It is a place where creative minds converge, interact with each other and construct visions of new realities by
fostering a culture of excellence. Our former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has given great emphasis on excellence. He said that “Excellence in thinking and action is the foundation for any mission. Excellence is not by accident. It is a process, where an individual or organization or nation
continuously strives to better oneself.” Academic excellence is achieved through high standards of teaching, an environment conducive to learning and a culture of single minded pursuit of knowledge and passion for achievement of excellence.
Leadership and commitment of faculty, staff and students play a key role in academic excellence. Every person and every effort matters.
India has the largest youth population in the world. Youth has the power to change the future. There is a need to convert this vast potential into our major strength by developing a positive attitude for change and imparting them required knowledge and skills to become employable. The Government of India has already launched a number of ambitious schemes in this regard. The Government, industry and higher education institutions are jointly making efforts under Skill Development Programmes to provide students the required resources and support for developing their skills. It is the responsibility of both the institutions and the students to ensure best possible utilization of such skill development schemes. Establishing a better interface between industry and academia for designing job oriented courses and providing training and placement is also required. Believing in self gives the greatest strength to face any challenges in the life. Steve Jobs has rightly said that “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it” I am sure that if the youth of today believe in themselves and realize the power within, they a can achieve any goals in their life or turn any dreams into reality.
Friend, it is my observation and firm belief that five basic qualities are essential in every individual to be successful in every walk of life: Character, Courage, Competency, Commitment, Compassion.
“Knowledge should be gained through minute by minute efforts. Money should be earned utilizing each and every resource. If you waste time, how can you get knowledge. If you waste resources, how can you accumulate the wealth”.