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‘Educated people should ensure that peace and prosperity prevail'

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Students urged to spend some time for the less fortunate

Proud moment: Tamil Nadu Governor and Chancellor K. Rosaiah (right) handing over the degree certificate to a student at the 11th convocation of Periyar University in Salem on Friday. Vice-Chancellor K. Muthuchelian (second right) is in the picture. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Proud moment: Tamil Nadu Governor and Chancellor K. Rosaiah (right) handing over the degree certificate to a student at the 11th convocation of Periyar University in Salem on Friday. Vice-Chancellor K. Muthuchelian (second right) is in the picture. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

The role of the educated assumes great significance in ensuring that the society continues to be dynamic, promotes upward mobility, ensures equality and justice and leads a citizen to a life of peace and prosperity.

Discoveries

“All discoveries and innovations in science and technology need to be related to the society,” said G Balachandhran, Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Government of India, New Delhi.

Delivering his address at the 11 {+t} {+h} Convocation of Salem Periyar University, here on Friday, Mr. Balachandhran said that a society based only on material and scientific advancements fails to take into account the need to have greater humanistic goals and approaches.

One must feel proud about one's language and cultural heritage which he said should be passed on to the next generation.

“An educated person has more responsibility to ensure that the quality of life around him as a whole goes up. One feels and owns such responsibility only when one is aware of one's own heritage.”

He asked the students and young graduates to spend at least 5 to 10 per cent of their time and wealth for the advancement and progress of the less fortunate in the society.

“I do not expect any one of you to dedicate your whole life for the society and its upliftment but at least 5 to 10 per cent,” he said.

Economic might

Though the country as a whole had proved to the world it's enlarging economic might, such prosperity, if got confined to a small miniscule of Indian population was of no use.

“If it is so then there will be every possibility that we will end up living in small conclaves of islands of prosperity surrounded by vast stretches of deserts of poverty leading to a widening gap between the rich and poor,” he said.

Hence, he pointed out, the educated had twin responsibilities – to identify the talented among the poor and help them to overcome the economic and social inequalities they suffered and to identify those who were infirm, weak and incapable of self dependence.

The educated should make them realize their potential and create shelters of security for such population so that it would benefit not only them but also the country as well.

“A society of plenty and prosperity will become unstable if that society is not peaceful. Peace comes when every educated and talented person believes that there are enough opportunities that his country provides to empower self.”

Equity and justice would ensure a stable and powerful nation. He asked the teachers to take steps to inculcate values to their wards.

Vice Chancellor K. Muthuchelian in his address detailed various development projects, which the university had undertaken so far.

The UGC under the 11 {+t} {+h} Plan had sanctioned a sum of Rs. 13.5 crore to develop infrastructural facilities and a sum of Rs. 54.50 lakh under the Special Assistance Programme to the Department of Computer Science.

Papers

Twenty-one departments of studies and research had published about 400 papers in reputed national and international journals.

Sponsored research projects to the tune of Rs. 4 crore from various funding agencies were underway and had signed many MoUs.

State Minister for Higher Education P Palaniappan in his special address pointed out that the University scaled new heights in the field of education during AIADMK regimes.

Tamil Nadu Governor and Chancellor K. Rosaiah presided over the function and conferred degrees on 33,394 students including 107 gold medalists.


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