Honourable Chancellor Speech FRESHERS DAY on 26.08.2019
My Pranamams to His Holiness Pujya Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal.
Distinguished Vice-Chancellor, Highly Respected Managing Trustee Sri.T.S.Raghavan, Registrar, Finance Officer, COE and Deans of Faculties and other officers of the University, Technical, Administrative and supporting staff Freshers, parents of our beloved students distinguished invitees Ladies and Gentlemen:
On behalf of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this great University, as you embark on your academic journey that will define your career in the years ahead. A very warm and very cordial welcome and Greetings.
You are a unique and talented mix of students who have come to join us from every corner of the country. We are all happy and excited to receive you as newly born members of this great family called SCSVMV family.
This family consists of academicians, administrators, and supporting staff: all who dedicated to ensure that you achieve your goals. Values are the bedraock for a civilized society. The vision of the great founders of this University is to provide quality higher education coupled with such a value system to all sections of society. These values are drawn from the principles on which was founded.
The primary principle of the University is to contribute to the public good through dissemination of knowledge, research, human development and instilling social responsibility. In line with this, we envision our status at 2025, to be unique institution of higher learning that offers good education at an affordable cost in an inclusive manner, in a wide spectrum of disciplines, to a large number of students. We desire the University to be modem and up to date, on the consent and technology aspects. However global our ambitions are, we wish to remain regionally rooted
The uniqueness of our University lies in the fact that this great seat of Learning is founded by Living Gods and all of us are having the Divine Blessings of Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada, Paramacharya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamiji, His Holiness Brahmibhutha Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji and the present Peetadhipathi His Holiness Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamiji.
Through the divine blessings of His Holiness only, we are able to carry out our responsibilities properly, to see that soon the university secures its pride of place, among the top ranking universities.
Established in 1993, our University has completed its silver jubilee year and has been imparting quality education since inception. The development of a quality educational system largely lies on the committed members of the faculty, quality infrastructure, supportive administration, large pool of learning resources and last but not the least, hardworking and brilliant students. I am highly encouraged to share that many of our students, who have emerged from our University with flying colours, are now occupying higher positions in several renowned organisations both in India and abroad. They have succeeded in many respects, and I am very certain that all the current students will also, reach the same peak of success.
Here, we believe in inspiring minds, improving their intellectual capacity and building characters which our students will treasure for their lifetime. Additionally, we endeavour to inculcate social values and principles of personal excellence and care for others.
Our University has an environment to bring to light and nourish, the hidden talents of our students. New environ, new faces, new subjects you may feel perplexed. But remember, it is transitory. Soon you feel more comfortable here, and that comfort takes you to confidence.
Today, the median age of our country’s 1.5 billion strong population is a mere 32; a good ten years lower that most other nations in the world. We are the largest contributor to the global workface, and our working age population surpasses 950 million. Over the last two decades. India has remarkably transformed its higher education landscape. It has created widespread access to low-cost high–quality university education for students of all levels. As a result, today we have 70 million student population, which is a force to reckon with
Among you, are potential thought leaders – researchers and academics – positioned at the helm of knowledge creation. Among you are entrepreneurs and executives of the future, industry – ready and highly sought after. From among you our country’s massive work force emerges.
You have come to make the journey of getting tertiary education here; everyone will wish you fair winds and a happy landing. But achievement in a University is not a matter of luck only; it calls on your part for a full commitment of your intellectual powers. Your intellectual quality will be tested; your mind challenged. No matter in what Faculty you have been enrolled, you all have one thing in common; you are to begin closing the gap between what you now may know, and the bodies of organised knowledge in the many scientific disciplines hereto be provided.
This I must counsel you, will demand a continuous dedication to your studies, not a spasmodic one. The thing you bring is your talent, your talent in the form of a potential. That talent is there; that potential is there, for you would not have come to this level. But you are the custodian of that it facilitates a widening and deepening of your knowledge, and a strengthening of your powers of discovery. It is a very special sort of environment.
The courtesies of academic life are the conditions of tolerance and respect for the views of others, a willingness to listen and learn, to hear the unpleasant if it be true, to subject oneself and one’s views to reasoned argument, whether it is painful to your ego or not. All this the price of the way of inquiry in a University atmosphere; but the prize is the unending adventure of learning, and the search for new horizons of knowledge. It is all part of the gentle discipline of the scholar.
We encourage you to take time-off from your busy academic schedule to participate in co-curricular activities. We have excelled at the National level in sports, exhibitions, music, drama etc., and your participation will ensure our continuing dominance in these fields. One of a students greatest challenge is time management. We are living in a complex world with too many activities competing at the same time and time is the only resource equally given to all mean and women.
As you have joined the University, some of you have started experiencing a lot of freedom which they have not had before
We should all keep in mind that freedom comes with responsibilities.
Personal responsibility is the premium trait of leadership and the well spring of high persistence in every person in every situation.”
Accepting personal responsibilities is the core of the personality of every outstanding man or woman. If we approach life casually, we end up as casualties. Life is not a rehearsal and so do not learn safety by accident. We therefore expect you not to engage in risky behavior. Albert Einstein, a great physicist, who has discovered photoelectric effect in his 21st year (got Nobel prize in his 41st year) has opined that a person who has not made his contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so. In this connection, I may point out that Lawrence Brgg bagged Noble prize when he was 25 years old and Werner Heisenberg at his 31styear.
Twenty –second century is likely to be dominated by several new developments. Robotics will be able to take independent decisions and act as secretaries, butlers, assistants, and aides. Similarly biogeneticists are able to create new types of organisms involving the transfer of not just a few but even hundreds of genes, allowing us to increase our food supply and improve our medicines and our health. It may also give us the ability to design new life forms and to orchestrate the physical and perhaps even the mental makeup of our children, which raises a host of ethical questions. The quantum theory, too, will exert a powerful influence in the next century, especially in the area of energy production
My dear youngsters: While on one hand, India is known for its cultural richness, it has also earned great fame and a recognizable place in the world of science and now scientific temper has become an inseparable aspect of Indian Culture and Society. You all know our country’s recent successful launching of Chandruyan-2.
Ours is a great country known for its devoted, sincere, committed and brilliant minds. Hence, “Aware, rise to the occasion, work hard, invent, discover and become great personalities of the 21st century”.
Mahatma Gandhi said:… “Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even I didn’t have it in the beginning.”
So work hard, put your best, follow the truth, possess good character and achieve the highest goal in your careers.
My advice to you…. Don’t be ordinary, be extra ordinary; extraordinary. Be the star performers….. achieve excellence in whatever you do….
I am certain that you would find the years you spend here the most inspiring years of your life. I hereby wish you all a very happy and academically fulfilling journey ahead and an outstanding stay in the University
Thanks for your attention