Staff Reporter

`Good governance is also vital for a bright future'

CHENNAI: "A country will have a promising bright future only if there is good governance, quality citizens (means providing proper environment for citizens to rise to full potential for them to contribute) and zero wastage or maximum productivity," said N. Vittal, former Chairman, Central Vigilance Commission.

Addressing a seminar on `Shaping the Future' organised by the Annamalai University Engineering and Technology Alumni Association (AUETAA) here on Saturday, Mr. Vittal said "Ultimately it is individuals who have ideas that will shape the future. Any new idea goes through a RAMA process. R- Resistance, Ridicule, Rejection and Refusal. If you persist in the idea comes A - Annoyance. People may be annoyed with what you say, but you continue ... Then comes M - Mellowing and finally A- Acceptance and Achievements. Associations such as AUETAA provide people an opportunity to share and seek ideas that will shape the future. We should use this and shape the future," he said.

The seminar attracted more than 200 delegates and 3 college teams which displayed their innovative projects.

Scope for further growth

The Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, said the Indian media today had the pace and the time to grow and it could do so even while learning from the mistakes of the Western media. The traditional print media in both English and regional languages had further scope for growth if one went by the latest National Readership Survey figures. He also highlighted the role of the media in providing credible and educative information.

While the Internet was interactive and had a niche audience, one should be wary of the content.

Mike Wader, Leadership International, the United States, D. Viswanathan, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, P.N. Murthy, Senior Advisor, Tata Consultancy Services and S. Seetharaman, Chairman and Managing Director, Super Auto Forge Limited. shared their ideas on knowledge and experience in shaping the future.

"The seminar discussed topics of national importance including the achievements and contributions of bureaucracy, the media, education, industry, etc., to the nation and society. The event also presented the activities of our Association in facilitating interactions among the members through participation in curriculum development and seminars," said its convenor V. Krishnaswami.

The Association founded in Chennai in 1975 has over 1,600 life members and chapters in Bangalore, Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai, Neyveli, Pondicherry, Trichy and Hyderabad, besides in Singapore and the United States.