Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Apr 11: Padma Shri Dr Sudha Murty, chairperson of Infosys Foundation, on Saturday April 10 said that collective efforts are needed to achieve the well-being of the society. She urged the young graduates to achieve their personal growth, and also take care to share a part of their earnings for the good of the society.
She delivered the 39th convocation address through the virtual dais of the 39th convocation ceremony of Mangalore University on Saturday.
"Those with means have to part with a share of what they have for the welfare of the have-nots in the society. This is a humanitarian gesture expected from the people towards the upliftment of the society," she said.
"Knowledge is an invaluable asset. For clearing the debt we owe to the institution, a portion of our earnings needs to be used for the progress of the sector concerned. Only then can we deem that the students have discharged their debt to the educational institution where they studied. It is very much necessary to conserve moral values when earning money in life. Never come to the conclusion that your education is complete with the collection of degree certificate. Real educaiton begins after you earn your degree and face the world. Young graduates will need to learn a number of values which would be very much necessary in their lives," she stated.
Dr Sudha Murty told the fresh graduates that once their college education is over, they will step into a world that is competitive and throws at them many challenges. She urged them never to opt for shortcut ways to achieve something. "Working hard is the only way to reach the top. At the same time, you should learn to love and respect knowledge," she said.
She pointed out that learning is a lifelong process and people become old when they stop learning new things. She said that as long as people are continuing to learn new things, they remain very young, and become old the moment they stop learning. She told the students not to become old at the age of 25.
Mangalore Univeristy vice-chancellor, Prof P S Yadapadithaya, presided over the convocation ceremony. Acting registrar, Prof P L Dharma, who presented the convocation report, introduced the guests.
On this occasion, PhD degrees were conferred on 117 people including 14 foreigners. A total of 188 students have secured ranks in different courses including gold medal by ten. 69 students who secured first rank were presented with certificates in the presence of limited audience of 69. Syndicate and Academic council members were present at the dais. Prof Ravishankar and Dhananjaya Kumble presented the programme.
The convocation this time was unique as Jayalaxmi G, who holds first rank in graduate diploma in business management, is an achiever in the field of sports. She proved that the notion about sports personalities not doing well in studies was wrong. Jayalaxmi is a ball badminton player having won six medals at the university level. She has secured six medals at the national level in the senior category, and bagged Karnataka Kreedaratna title. Currently she serves as ball badminton coach in Alva's Education Foundation, Moodbidri.
Pallavi Jansale, postgraduate student of industrial chemistry, who hails from middle class, and who lost her mother when doing her post-graduation, bagged first rank in industrial chemistry and two gold medals. She said her mother wished her to bag a rank. She presently works for Biocon Synergiie, Bengaluru.
Sukanya, postgraduate student in history, Dr G Shankar government women's first grade college and postgraduate study centre at Udupi, bagged two gold medals and four cash prizes. She plans to serve as a lecturer.