Never forget mother, mother tongue, motherland, guru: Naidu tells students

November 11, 2017: Advising students to remember four things- mother, mother
tongue, motherland and guru- in life Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on
Saturday asked students to develop the ability to adapt to the rapidly-changing
work environment and strive to be the best in their chosen fields.
“Never forget mother, mother tongue and motherland. There
is nothing wrong in learning English, French and any other language. But, at
the same time one must be proficient and efficient in his own mother tongue
which comes from the heart and helps one to express his feelings better,” said
The Vice
President was addressing the 13th Convocation of the KIIT University here.

Naidu also said
teachers play a key role in transforming the society and they can never be
replaced by anything, including Google.

“No doubt Google
is important, but it can never replace the place of guru (teachers) in the life
of students,” said Naidu.
“India has a
great heritage and you should feel proud as inheritors of the great Indian
culture. Unity in diversity and being rooted into our culture is important for
integrity of our country,” said Vice President.
India is a land
of opportunities. One can achieve anything with hard work and passion
irrespective of one’s background. Former President Dr Kalam and Prime Minister
Modi are examples of this, he said.  
A total of 4,820
students of the 2016-17 graduating batch of the university received their
Guest of honour
Governor Dr SC Jamir said the KIIT is weaving an effective global network for
knowledge, skill and cultural exchange. KIIT and KISS founder Prof Samanta is a
best example and motivation for this, he added.
The university
honoured three eminent personalities from different walks of life with D.Litt.
They were eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra, Dr Bithal Das Mundhra, Chairman
Emeritus, Simplex Infrastructures Ltd, and Kishanlal Agarwal, Chairman, Bhartia
Charitable Trust‎.
Chancellor Dr
Subrat Kumar Acharya said this year, the KISS has achieved the distinction of
being recognised as the first tribal university of the world.
Earlier in his
report, Vice-Chancellor Dr Hrushikesha Mohanty said the university’s research
output has been on an upward rise. Number of publications indexed in Scopus and
Web of Science has reached close to 3,200 and the number of patents filed this
year has risen to 32, he informed. Registrar Dr Sasmita Samanta proposed a vote
of thanks.

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