Fight injustice and corruption, Governor urges students

12th edition of Anna varsity fest ‘Kurukshetra’ begins

February 01, 2018 01:06 am | Updated 01:06 am IST - CHENNAI

“If you see injustice, stand up against it. If a girl is teased in your presence on the road, thrash [the perpetrator],” Governor Banwarilal Purohit told students.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the 12th edition of ‘Kurukshetra,’ the techno-management fest of Anna University, here on Wednesday.

In his inaugural speech, Mr. Purohit quoted from Martin Luther King Jr. “The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”

He added, “Suppose you are passing through a road and happen to see someone teasing a college girl. If you don’t thrash him, you are supporting him. If you remain silent and watch, you are letting your soul die. If you see corruption, you must not remain silent,” he told the students.

He lauded the State for enabling students in large numbers to take up higher education. Quoting a Tamil proverb, he urged the students to take part in creative competitive events that would open the world to them. In the pursuit of knowledge, students should also remain principled and ethical. This applied to all, including politicians, he said. “I am not a politician, I am a Governor,” he added, eliciting laughter.

Anna University invited Australian memory athlete Daniel Kilov to speak about his experiments with memorising.

Mr. Kilov had three tips for the students: pay attention, visualise and organise.

Memory could be improved by intensive training, he said. “The more we acquire knowledge, the more creative we are. The skill of memorising can be learned by imagining the unimaginable. It is about deep internalisation of knowledge. The best ideas come when I am learning new things,” he said.

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