VELLORE: Education does not stop with receiving degree certificates. It is a process that continues till the end of life, said V. Iraianbu, Secretary, Department of Tourism and Culture.
He was delivering the Graduation Day address at the 34th Graduation Day of Dhanabagyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar College for Women here on Saturday.
“Your formal education may be over now, but your informal education continues till the end of your life,” he said.
Receiving a degree was not the culmination but commencement of education. “If you think that you are an official, a scientist or a teacher, you cannot learn anything. You can learn more only when you consider yourself as a student always,” he told the graduates.
Mr. Iraianbu said that it was a cause-oriented life and not goal-oriented life that gives happiness to a person. Whatever be the subject of one’s study, literature or science, one should enjoy to experience immense bliss. He called upon the students to get into the habit of listening to others.
“Only when you listen with an open mind, you can assimilate knowledge, and speak authentically on any subject,” he said. Mr. Iraianbu also urged the students to work with utmost dedication and without expecting rewards.
Referring to some youth’s “craving for money,” he said that money was no doubt essential for life, but easy and quick money would not give happiness to a person.
A total of 75 graduates and postgraduates of the 2008 batch received top 10 ranks in Thiruavalluvar University. They included 10 first ranks, five second ranks, nine third ranks, six fourth ranks, eight fifth ranks, 10 sixth ranks, seven seventh ranks, 10 eighth ranks, six ninth ranks and four tenth ranks.
Mr. Iraianbu gave away degree certificates to 658 graduates and postgraduates, and seven M.Phil. candidates, and certificates and endowment awards to university-rank holders.
T. Sivakumar, president of DKM College for Women and D. Maninathan, college secretary, participated in the function. K. Revathi, principal, welcomed the gathering.