TAMIL NADU

‘Strengthen education sector for sustainable development’

K. Venkataramanan (second right), Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Larsen and Toubro Limited, greeting a student during the convocation of Amrita University in Coimbatore on Sunday. Vice -ChancellorP. Venkat Rangan (right) is in the picture. —Photo: M. Periasamy.

K. Venkataramanan (second right), Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Larsen and Toubro Limited, greeting a student during the convocation of Amrita University in Coimbatore on Sunday. Vice -ChancellorP. Venkat Rangan (right) is in the picture. —Photo: M. Periasamy.  

“Education combined with sound macroeconomic policies would lay the foundation for globally competent economies as well as democratic societies,” said Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) D. Purandeswari in a message delivered in absentia at the convocation ceremony of Amrita University, Ettimadai.

Emphasising the importance of education to the development of a nation, she drew attention to that fact that five out of the nine parameters cited by World Economic Forum to asses the sustainability of economies were related to education.

The function was held to mark the 9th convocation of Amrita University, in which over 4,200 students from five campuses of the university at Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kollam, Mysore and Cochin were conferred their degrees. Over 100 rank holders were honoured with gold medals during the function.

By focussing on accessibility, equity and quality in education sector, India could be on a par with developed western countries, Ms. Purandeswari said. “India has made a commendable achievement of around 20 per cent gross enrolment ratio in higher education which was only one per cent when the country attained Independence.

However, the country has to travel a long way to reach the 40-70 per cent ratio in European and American countries,” she said.

Addressing the students, through a video message, she added that the country needed a future generation who could find it a place among the top nations by leading it on its journey towards progress and development.

In his convocation address, chief executive officer and managing director of Larsen and Toubro Limited, K. Venkataramanan told the fresh graduates that they were lucky to enter the industry at a time when the nation was experiencing resurgence, high growth and international recognition.

Sharing his experience of over 40 years in the industry, he said that young graduates who started by focussing in their field of study, should polish their interdisciplinary skills and expand their domain to succeed in today’s competitive field.

Mr. Venkataramanan added, “Leadership skills, managerial skills coupled with hard work, dedication, passion and loyalty would make business leaders out of young professionals.”

Graduates from various disciplines such as engineering, medicine, management, nursing, pharmacy, arts and humanities including 21 Ph. D scholars were conferred their degrees during the function.

General Secretary of Mata Amritanandamayi Math Swami Poornamritananda Puri, Vice-Chancellor of the university P. Venkat Rangan, Registrar S. Krishnamoorthy, Pro-Chancellor Abhayamrita Chaitanya, Medical Dean Prem Nair and students were present.

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