In his convocation address, the Chief Guest, Dr. K. Sivan, Secretary, DDS/Chairman, ISRO, expressed his belief that the youth power should synergise to create and utilise opportunities that would contribute to the development of the country. Quoting his life, he beautifully said that life is not about the best choices one makes but about making best of the opportunities given. He explained how implementation of great ideas requires three qualities: conquering fear, taking risk and lateral thinking. He requested the graduates to rise up to resolve local problems, like reducing poverty, providing adequate clean water, providing good education to the poor and providing sanitation. He concluded his riveting address with a note of caution that the youth of today should get inspired from great men, but not emulate them, and instead harness their originality to prove themselves.
The Guest of Honour Sri. T. R. Parasuraman, Dy. Managing Director, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt. Ltd., began his energetic address expressing his impression about the prevailing happiness in the campus. He said that India’s future lies in the demographic dividends in terms of youth power and the youth should have an open mind for knowledge to keep flowing. He made a mention of Johari window and also spoke in brief about the Philosophy of Toyota that comprised of respect others, team work, using all senses, hard work and challenging spirit.
Poojya Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri, Treasurer, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, in his benedictory address laid emphasis on compassion, love and humility that add worth to life. Swamiji added that life is a drama and ‘mind-state’ is the stage that has to be strong and fit to make a worthy living. He also stressed the importance of bringing in changes to make a different society, and to apply ancient wisdom in the field of research.
Br. Dhanraj, Director, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru campus, welcomed the dignitaries on the stage and the graduating students. Prof. Rakesh S. G., Associate Dean, School of Engineering, proposed the vote of thanks.
About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary, research-intensive university with 6 campuses in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, headquartered at Coimbatore. It has 20,250 students, 207 academic programs and 1470 plus faculty members. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is top ranked among India’s private universities. It is ranked 8th Best University in India and 15th overall, by NIRF, Govt. of India. The other World University Rankings are, 601-800th World University Rankings 2019, 201-250th Young University Rankings 2018, 141 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2019, and in the QS World University Rankings, it is placed 800-1000th in World University Rankings 2019 and 168th BRICS University Rankings 2019. The University has been recommended for Institute of Eminence (IOE) status by UGC which adds another feather to its cap. World-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is the founder and Chancellor, who encourages the university’s R&D departments to focus on developing technologies for uplifting the poor and the needy.