PATNA: Former chief scientific advisor to the Indian Space Research Organization and Vikram Sarabhai emeritus professor Y S Rajan said on Sunday that even though the electronic and print media are full of gory stories of corruption, violence and scandals, creating a general sense of hopelessness and helplessness, the ground realities are different. There is still goodness, honesty, capabilities and strength in our people, he said.
Addressing the students of Nalanda Open University (NOU) at its seventh annual convocation at the S K Memorial Hall, Rajan said, "India is not going to be what is flashed in the media. It is going to be what you want to do in your own life." He said that the next 10 to 15 years are going to be a period of cataclysmic fast growth, with too many ups and downs and several unpredictable changes. "But one thing is sure, you will get many opportunities, if you are alert, agile and ready to grab the opportunities coming your way," he said.
Rajan further observed that only IITs, IIMs, film stars and celebrities are not going to make India. They have some role, but real India is today run by people who are ordinary and average. When the average is raised higher, India will rise higher, he said.
Counselling the youths to build self confidence and believe in their ability, Rajan said, "In the modern world, those who organize their work, win. Those who can market their ideas will get the funds. Those who market their products with good communication skill get the market."
Governor-cum-chancellor Devanand Konwar, in his presidential remarks, appealed to the youth to become worthy of their degrees and serve the country with sincerity and dedication. "Wherever you go and whatever you do, you must not forget the last man in the queue," he said. He appreciated the achievements made by NOU during the last 25 years of its existence and hoped that it would scale new heights in future.
Earlier, NOU registrar S P Sinha led the academic procession. NOU vice-chancellor Jitendra Singh welcomed the guests and outlined the recent advances made by the university in the field of distance education. NOU pro-VC K K Singh proposed the vote of thanks.