16th convocation at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
TIRUNELVELI: Since the impact of globalisation has been, and continues to be, unequal and humanity is at crossroads owing to this universal phenomenon, it is the responsibility of every one concerned to see that globalisation serves human interest and is beneficial to all, S. Bhaskaran, Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, has observed.
Delivering the 16th convocation address at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University on Tuesday, Dr. Bhaskaran said science and technology had come together to occupy the life of a common man of present era, which was being constituted by forces of globalisation, growth of knowledge societies and rapidly occurring revolutions in science as well as in the society.
But it was more important to highlight the ways in which science could help in developing and promoting the human dimension of man and the environment.
“Those who suffer from globalisation are the poor, women, ethnic minorities and the youth, who are already struggling with exclusion. Whether we like it or not, globalisation has come to stay. The only onerous option left to us is to master the art and acquire the skills for harnessing the forces of globalisation to the wellbeing of the humanity,” Dr. Bhaskaran noted.
While appealing to the young graduates to remove the social paradoxes and inequality, induced by globalisation, by choosing the path of righteousness, careful planning and preparation, he appealed to them to perform their duty first before claiming their rights.
Of the 308 qualified students, 275 received their degrees from Governor and Chancellor of the university Surjit Singh Barnala and 26,903 will receive their degrees in absentia.
Of the 122 gold medallists, 104 were women.
While highlighting the university’s achievements during the past one year, Vice-Chancellor R.T. Sabapathy Mohan said the university had introduced Choice Based Credit System with the objective of preparing competent students to take up greater challenges.
He also informed that MSU, which introduced M.Sc. Marine Science and Ocean Management, M.Sc. Nano Biotechnology and M.Tech. Nano Biotechnology recently, was planning to launch a few more courses including B.Ed. through distance education.