“The young generation is fortunate to be in a country that offers tremendous opportunities. Even with recession lurking large on the global scenario and many big brother economies reeling under pressure, we are likely to record a Gross Domestic Product growth of over 9 per cent and thereby continue to offer opportunities to the youth entering the world of work,” Mahendra Ramdas, Managing Director, Mahendra Group of Companies, said here recently.

Delivering the graduation day address at Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, he said the younger generation had a competitive advantage because they were in touch with advanced technology.

Data transfer

“They can leverage technology to their advantage. Data transfer becomes quicker, constant communication enables increased flow and a true global economy has opened up a number of new opportunities that were not possible earlier,” Mr. Ramdas said.

Nevertheless, he cautioned them against stiff competition.

He urged them to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge to face competition.

He also exhorted * and syllabi to keep themselves abreast with the fast changing frontiers of knowledge.

Lamenting on the declining attention arts and science subjects were receiving, he said a good liberal arts education was important to produce leaders.

“India has now begun to recognise that it needs not only world-class engineering education, but also world-class liberal arts education. There is a vacuum of leadership at many levels in India. We need leaders in education, science, industry, non-Government organisations, at the district levels, and for the youth”.

For those who had not excelled in terms of marks, he said “marks did not reflect the work”.

“The aim of education is to make a person fit to face the basic challenges of life. Complete involvement in the assigned duty can only pave the way to real success.

There are slow-growers who blossom late in life and conversely there are brilliant starters who fail to fulfil their early promise,” Mr. Ramdas said.

R. Padmavathy, Secretary of the college, inaugurated the graduation day proceedings and K. Sundararaman, principal, administered the oath to the young graduates.

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