Students must realise not only their potentials but also their limitations early in life in order to succeed and make meaningful contributions to the society instead of chasing unrealisable dreams with no end in sight, said Collector Anshul Mishra on Wednesday.

Addressing the valediction of Fatima College’s diamond jubilee celebrations here, he said: “Life has a meaning when you contribute not only to yourself but also to the society. And as a human being who has to co-exist with others, you have to have certain virtues.

“Honesty is a virtue that is talked about everywhere. But the ground situation in society is that honest people are discouraged. You might face certain problems and certain discomforts. Yet, you must continue to uphold the virtue in the interest of creating a better world to live in.”

Stressing on the need to be courageous and speak out against injustice, he said that it was disheartening to note that many women do not complain about harassment meted out to them. “Once you gather your guts, half of your problems would be solved,” he added.

He also urged the students to achieve success through fair means, remain humble even after reaching the pinnacles of glory, maintain discipline and decency in their way of life, be innovative throughout, indulge in self motivation and remain cheerful even amidst heavy work load.

In his address, K.C. Pathak, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC), said that women should come forward in greater numbers to utilise a plethora of fellowships and programmes offered exclusively for them by the UGC in the field of academics.

Kalyani Mathivanan, vice-chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, said the empowered women should not fail to play their part in empowering other women. Though achieving success was no mean task, yet no negative force could deter those who were determined and sincere, she said.

B.S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Advisor, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC); advocate Isaac Mohanlal; Rev.Fr. M. John Diraviam, Episcopal Vicar; Rev.Sr. Emily Joseph, Provincial, Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons and two distinguished alumnae of the college Uma Maheswari, Assistant Commissioner, Income Tax, Mumbai and Shobana Shriganesh, Managing Director, Lifetime Careers spoke.

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