Character defines the person and when combined with skills it ensures success and happiness in the long run, Commissioner Visakhapatnam City Police J. Purnachandra Rao said.

Persons with skills may get applause but without character they will neither get respect of society nor happiness, he said at a symposium on ‘Ethics in Management’ organised by the Centre for Policy Studies and the Gayatri Vidya Parishad’s College for Degree & PG Courses at the College here on Saturday.

Taking the example of cricket star Sachin he explained to MBA students of the College why society respects a person with character and how skill alone is not enough to be a success. His interactive method drew the students to participate in the discussion on the subject. He exhorted the students to achieve a balance between character and skill to achieve lasting success and also not to get carried away by short-term gains.

Each one of us has to deal with the issues as they come up and we should not build prejudices, Chief Vigilance Officer Dredging Corporation of India S. Vasudeva Rao said. Every decision as a manager has ethical underpinnings and the dilemma can be resolved only when the individual introspects, he added.

Ethics elaborated

Underscoring the need to adopt new technologies, he said that today the companies are including metrics on vigilance and anti-corruption on their websites. The Right to Information has successfully brought down corruption by nearly 25 per cent, he added.

Referring to the issue of ethics in Maryada Purushothama Rama killing Vali from behind a tree, president (fin & admin) R C Bothra Shipping Company B Rama Gopal said that Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba explained that “while killing an animal one has to kill like an animal”. He advised the students to stay on the path of the righteousness. “If your life is based on right conduct your life will be happier,” he said. Saying that source of all happiness is inside he advised the youth not to go astray and get carried away by instruments of momentary pleasure.

‘Maximise values’

Director of Centre for Policy Studies and former Rector of Andhra University A. Prasanna Kumar urged the students to “minimise rules and maximise values”. He called upon them to link private ethics with public duty to achieve a happy and successful life.

Vice principal of GVP College for Degree and PG Courses V Sitaramayya, secretary Gayatri Vidya Parishad P Somaraju, secretary and correspondent of the College D Dakshina Murthy, associate director Centre for Policy Studies P V Sarma, director School of Management Studies in the college S Rajani, faculty of the college and students were also present.

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