Success of Chandrayaan – 1 symbolises India's future capabilities. It has demonstrated how, with a very modest beginning, India could lead a team of technical and scientific experts from internationally reputed organisations to realise an ambitious mission, Mylswamy Annadurai, Project Director, Chandrayaan – 1 & 2, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, said on Friday.

The achievement of the Indian Space Research Organisation was indicative of our capacity in registering accomplishments through team work in the areas of agriculture, environment, education, medicine, industry, trade, commerce, press, electronic media, sports, arts, service sector and even in politics. “Team spirit is the mantra for achieving something big,” Dr.Mylswamy said, addressing the 27th convocation of Bharathidasan University.

Of the 513 candidates who received their Ph.D., M.Phil, Postgraduate and Undergraduate degrees on the occasion from the Chancellor and Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, 235 were women. As many as 62,026 candidates, including 36,221 women, received their degrees in absentia.

Driving home the importance of team spirit, Dr. Mylswamy also stressed on the enormity of opportunities for youths in India itself. Youths can excel professionally in India and in the process do their part in the nation-building exercise. As innovators, entrepreneurs and social leaders, it is important for youths to be inquisitive, seek career opportunities that are daring and intellectually challenging.

Investment in life-long learning is the pathway to success. Once we surrender to our vision, success begins to chase us; it flows as the unintended by-product of effective efforts concentrated in the direction of worthy purpose. Success is determined by how one thinks, acts and believes. Youths must have passion, focus, excellence, learning ability, commitment, determination, humility, honesty and integrity. Media and parents can bring about a change by stimulating the inspiration quotient of young minds, Dr.Mylswamy said.

Dr.Mylswamy narrated in detail how the Chandrayaan – 1 mission was accomplished. Discovery of water on the Moon has etched the name of Chandrayaan in the annals of planetary science, Dr. Mylswamy said.

The Vice-Chancellor K.Meena presented the university's achievements in the last one year. For the benefit of researchers, the University has established access to the thousands of web courses and video tutorials developed by the IITs and IISc under NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning), she said.

University faculties have been awarded individual projects worth Rs. 3.63 crore in the last one year. A total of 11,339 students of standards V to IX in three government schools and 55 matriculation schools have been covered by SUITS (School-University-Industry-Tie-up Scheme) implemented by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, Dr. Meena said.