A clear aim, honesty in life, need to make use of opportunities, following one's goal and a life that is not money-centric are important to lead a successful, happy life, S.K. Noordeen, Padma Shri awardee, has said.
Speaking at the Founders Day celebrations at PPG Group of Institutions here recently he said: “Every student should have short and long-term goals, for aimless life was similar to that of animals. Honesty is equally important because it gives the necessary strength and courage to face any adversity. Any amount of wealth would not give that courage and strength.”
The third was the ability to make use of opportunities. It was important because many Indians, particularly those in the south were conservative in their outlook towards life and lacked the necessary drive, said the doctor who won the Padma Shri award for his pioneering work in leprosy eradication.
Following one's aim was also a way to come up in life.
Recalling his student days in medical college, he said when people went in for specialisations at masters, he chose to pursue public health, which was then looked down upon. “But that was where my heart was,” he said and asked students to follow their hearts.
On ‘money-centric life', he said many persons switched organisations for a meagre increase in salary. This was not good as wealth creation was not the sole aim of life. There was much more to life. Students should have a positive attitude towards life.
B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, said today's schools and colleges were more of workshops as they did not provide “man-making education.”
“Today institutions give knowledge but not the skills to apply the knowledge and in the right way at that,” he said and added: “It will do more harm than good.”
He asked managements of educational institutions to have human excellence and not academic excellence as the goal.
“If academic excellence, as outlined by Swami Vivekananda and Aurobindo, had been the motto of our education, India would have been a developed nation by now.”
PPG Group of Institutions Chairman L.P. Thangavelu said the purpose to inviting Dr. Noordeen and Mr. Vanavarayar was to show real heroes to students. As part of the celebrations, the PPG group management gave away Dr. Palani Swamy Endowment awards to students.