Making a mention of his school had given him nothing but how his university had given him everything, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday said the Delhi University had taught him about the different avenues open to him and broadened his perspective, making him the man he is today. He was addressing the 91 Convocation of Delhi University.
Mr. Jung also talked about the importance of dreaming impossible things. “The young have the right to dream, dream of the future, dream of the exalted, dream of the mountains you will climb and the valleys you will traverse.”
He also spoke about the importance of being truthful and generous. “Forthrightness and openness to accept viewpoints of others and an intrinsic belief in an inclusive society will lead to peace. Giving space to others materially or in thought is a big challenge. It becomes a bigger challenge because in the developing world and in a developing country such as ours, when the size of the cake is limited, we tend to first think of ourselves and of our own clans and kin.”
He urged the students to go beyond their own interests and think of many others who have not been as fortunate as them.
Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh awarded the degrees to some scholars. Many of the students, however, had to be content with a photograph and the declaration that the Ph.D. was awarded.
Too many students and paucity of time was the explanation given for not personally handing over the certificates.
This was a practise which was introduced last year, when President Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest.