“To reach one's goal, it is essential to be both good and competent at work”
Management consultant and HRD trainer M.C. Das has exhorted the youth to prepare “vision statements for personal growth and academic excellence” in order to become good human beings and shine in their chosen careers. Students have to make it a habit to learn new things every day and lend a practical dimension to what they learn so that they can improve their inherent abilities and, thereby, reach the pinnacles of success, he has asserted.
Giving the keynote address on ‘Human and academic excellence' at a seminar organized by The Hindu Business Line Club, in association with TATA Photon, at Vignan University, Vadlamudi, on Tuesday, Mr. Das said human excellence without academic excellence was useless, whereas academic excellence devoid of human values was dangerous to society, as such a tendency would give rise to “intelligent devils.” Human and academic excellence should be complementary. Business organisations recruit people who possess those qualities. There was no dearth of engineers or doctors, but there was scarcity of good managers, he observed.
It was essential for every person to first know about his or herself before embarking on the tasks of life. They should have to be both good and competent at work to achieve the desired goals. For, that they had to fulfil their roles as individuals and shape up as worthy professionals, he said.
Mr. Das listed “know your body,” “know your mind,” “know your feelings,” “know your behaviour,” “accept yourself,” “accept others and maintain cordial relations with people,” “appreciate others,” “accept your mistakes,” and “develop a happy attitude” as the nine mantras for personal growth.
Similarly, “know the subject of study,” “feel proud of studying it,” “love the subject you are studying,” “enjoy studies,” “study with enthusiasm,” “keep enriching your study,” “be creative in studies,” “respect people responsible for your education” and “contribute to growth of your institution” are the cardinal principles for academic excellence, he said.
K. Chandrasekharan, regional general manager of The Hindu, Vijayawada, said knowledge and attitudes matter the most in a person's career.
University director of engineering and technology V. Madhusudana Rao called upon the students to put into practice what they learn in such useful programmes. University training and placement officer T.V. Rao was present on the occasion.