"Tremendous growth of science and technology"
Thanjavur: India is witnessing a tremendous growth in the field of science and technology, according to K. Anbazhagan, Education Minister.
Delivering the convocation address at Bharath College of Science and Management here on Thursday, he said that, "New fields such as nanoscience have emerged now. Gone are the days when India was considered a country of religions and castes. Now it has become a country with scientific temper, under the able guidance of persons such as President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a renowned scientist himself.
The Minister called for rational thinking and scientific temper among students. "This is the land of Buddha and Thiruvalluvar; Buddha taught rational thinking. People should not think that they cannot compete with the world. They should have the confidence to win, Mr. Anbazhagan said."
The Minister also said that education was a continuous process. Lifelong learning was important. People should also learn from life.
Later, the Minister presented degrees to 347 candidates. According to N. Ganesan, secretary and correspondent, 123 students received degrees in Hotel Management and Catering Science, 55 in Fashion Technology and others in Computer Science, Information Technology, Tamil Literature, Commerce, Nutrition Science and Business Management.
Postgraduate degrees were awarded to 21 candidates in Nutrition Science, Hotel Management and Information Technology.
N. Sivapunniyam, Principal, was present.