`Start contributing for development of nation'

HONOUR: Founder Director, International Institute of Information Technology, S. Sadagopan presenting gold medal to a rank holder at Sona College of Technology in Salem on Saturday. - Photo: K. N. Muralidharan .  

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The educated youth should think beyond their jobs and volunteer to do something for the welfare of society, Founder Director, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, S. Sadagopan has said.

Delivering the Graduation Day address at Sona College of Technology here on Saturday, he said that graduates could take up activities such as educating the poor children, developing their neighbourhood and organising blood donation camps, instead wasting their time by watching television and going for movies. Every one should have social conscience, he stressed.

"A vast majority of the people do not get the opportunity to go for higher education. But you (graduates) had the opportunity and now it is time you start contributing to the development of the nation," he said.

Mr. Sadagopan said that money should not be the only consideration for choosing a job. Graduates should select jobs, which would prepare them for a better future and facilitate them to learn a lot and add a lot of value. Graduates aiming for higher studies like Master's degree and PhD should plan earlier.

Vice-President and Location Head, Wipro Technologies, Chandrasekar Dharuman, in his special address, said that students should try to specialise in their chosen field of interest. College Vice-Chairman C. Valliappa, Secretary A. Dhirajlal, Principal P. Govindarajan and faculty members were present. The College management presented gold medals and cash prize worth Rs. 2.94 lakh to 21 university rank holders during the function. A total of 621 graduates received their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.