Never back off from a tough task, even though you may fail several times. Once you achieve success, hold on to it as tightly as you can. Always credit your family for your success as they are the ones who have actually made it possible and balance science with spirituality.
This was the gist of the Convocation Address that eminent cardiologist Dr. Ashok Seth gave to the 4,179 students assembled at the lawns of Jamia Millia Islamia here on Thursday to receive their degrees and diplomas.
“It took me three years to get into medical college and when I finally made it, it took me another two years to pass my exams,” he said, adding that it was the power of God that made him work hard enough to get a gold medal later on and that once he had tasted success, he never wanted to fail again. “When you succeed, you cannot afford to fail again,” he said at Jamia Millia Islamia’s annual Convocation.
Dr. Seth added that there were two traits that a successful person developed. One was that of personality in which the person worked on the way he dressed, spoke and presented himself to others. The other was the character trait in which the successful person chose to be ethical. “In 60 years, you will not look the way you do now, you will have a large pudgy stomach perhaps and will not be able to dress the same way. So the personality traits you can lose, but you can never lose your character traits,” he said.
Even as a man of science, he could never dismiss the hand of God, as there were several perplexing diseases that healed by a miracle for which doctors did not have an answer to.
As there were a large number of students to collect their degrees and diplomas, they could not be accommodated on stage, and so it was that the dean of each department sat on stage and stated that these many students had been examined and thought fit to possess their degrees. After each dean’s statement, Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung gave his approval and granted the degree. The loudest whistles and claps came from the engineering department, which the university said was the strongest in numbers and vocal chords, year after year.
Gold medallists were made to stand up from wherever they were sitting and wave when their medals were being awarded.
A Degree of Doctor of Letters ( Honoris Causa ) was conferred on Dr. Seth.