Thanjavur: Engineering graduates should use their wisdom and scientific learning for the uplift of the poor in society said Dr Shekar C. Mande, secretary, DSIR and director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) here on Sunday.
Delivering the convocation address at Sastra-Deemed to be University, Mande said that aim should be to see that no person is deprived of any opportunity in the society and all are treated equal.
Regarding studying in colleges and Universities, he said that a student can get data and knowledge from teachers, but he cannot become wise which he can gain only when he steps out of the portals of educational institutions and face the world. “Data, knowledge should develop into wisdom and students should become wise,” he said. “This day is the day of that reckoning,” he said. “You should have great confidence and maturity,” he urged.
He attributed two important factors for educational institutions to become top ranking institutions in the world. One is the human resources in the campus. That is teachers, supporting staff, technical staff and students who make an institution top ranking. Second is the common goal shared by them which is to impart good education and teach values. “Sastra is one such top ranking institution,” he added.
“Our country has produced great leaders and scientists. Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former president is one such inspiration to younger generation,” he said. Prof Mande also distributed degrees to graduates of the University.
R. Sethuraman, chairman of Sastra, S.Vaidhya Subramanian, vice-chancellor, Kandasamy, chancellor, S. Swaminathan, dean, Sastra, were among those who participated in convocation....