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.

“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.

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.

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

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