“Guru is always inspirational and irreplaceable.”
Now a days, even the most sought after search engine on the internet ‘Google‘ can never replace a guru(teacher). Though Google is intelligent and can be useful in so many ways, however Guru is the most precious source of inspiration for all of us and will be held in high esteem, said His Excellency Vice-President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu while addressing KIIT University’s 13th Annual Convocation Ceremony here on 11th November,2017.
The Vice President remarked
“We are in the age of LPG – Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization”.
Addressing the students he said, “life has become very competitive in nature. Until and unless you have great skills, you can’t succeed in competitions. That is why, upgrading your knowledge is the need of the hour. Always keep your eyes, ears and mind open as well as collect and connect with the facts” he informed.
Shri. Naidu also said, “you must again go back to your roots and strive on whatsoever you choose. Do your duty properly. If you work hard and have discipline, vision and dream, then definitely you will succeed in your life. Speak the truth, practice the virtue and don’t’ give up learning as learning is a continuous process” he elucidated.
He advised the students to lay due importance to four things i.e. Mother, Mother-tongue, Motherland and Guru(teacher). He opined that there is nothing wrong in learning English or any other language, but at the same time you must be proficient and efficient to grasp your mother tongue so that you can express your thoughts smoothly. He made it clear that Bhavna(thoughts)and Bhasa(language) often go in tandem.
The Vice President extolled Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS, for his splendid and gallant endeavor in creating such excellent institutions. “I had earlier addressed the 25,000 tribal students of KISS, which had given me immense pleasure,” he added.
Gracing the Convocation as the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Governor of Odisha, Dr. S.C. Jamir remarked this Convocation as the milestone day. Advising the students he said, “you need optimism and perseverance for your future. Just be true to yourself and well prepared for the unpredictable future, because opportunity will never knock your door if you are under prepared”, added Dr. Jamir.
As many as 4,820 students received degrees during the annual convocation of which 3678 students receive the Bachelors degree, 837 students Masters, 240 students Dual Degree while 62 students received their PhD Degree. Gold and Silver Medals also were awarded to the meritorious students in different fields.
Chairman Emeritus, Simplex Infrastructures Ltd. Dr. Bithal Das Mundhra, Bhartia Charitable Trust Chairman Kishanlal Agarwal and eminent sculptor and Padma Vibhushan awardee Guru Dr. Raghunath Mohapatra were honoured with the D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) degrees.
Every year, KIIT University confers Pradyumna Bal Memorial Gold Medal, PPL Gold Medal, Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal, Founder’s Gold Medals, Chancellor’s Gold Medals and VC Silver Medals on its most meritorious students at the convocation ceremony.
The President of KIIT & KISS Saswati Bal and the Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta felicitated the Vice President and the Governor of Odisha on the occasion. At the outset, following the Chancellor-In-Charge of KIIT University Prof. Subrata Kumar Acharya declared the opening of the Convocation, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty presented the introductory speech and read out the Annual Report of KIIT University. At the end, the Chancellor Prof. Acharya placed his presidential address and the Registrar of KIIT University Prof. Sasmita Samanta offered Vote of Thanks.
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