Governor of Goa Dr. S S Sidhu urged the new graduates to use their education for the good of society and asked them to give a thought to the fate of the lesser privileged people as they chart their own destiny armed with the new degrees in their hands.
Speaking at the Convocation Ceremony of Goa University in his capacity as the Chancellor of the institute, he further said that it was also the bounden duty of institutions to inculcate compassion and virtues in the younger generation so that they can be truly democratic in their lives.
Pointing out that most people look back in their lives and recall how the institution where they studied moulded their character, Dr. Sidhu reiterated the need for educational institutes to inculcate the right values and discipline in the young minds in order to make them worthy citizens of the country who will contribute to its growth while at the same also being concerned about the less fortunate.
He expressed concern over the present trend wherein the younger generation is looking for short term gains even if it means adopting unscrupulous means. “While this approach may be lucrative and tempting, the damage it causes to the moral fabric of the nation is enormous,” he said and added that steps have to be taken to overcome the lack of discipline, humility and respect amongst the younger generation.
Complimenting the university on completing 25 years, Dr. Sidhu opined that the university should become more prolific in research to meet the challenges of the changing world.
He particularly complimented the university for its initiatives like NET/SET and civil services examination coaching facilities for students. He also expressed happiness that the Goa University has not been marred by the stigma of ragging.
Commenting on the plans of the university, he said a Bachelor in Business Administration course in Culinary education is on the anvil as there is not only great scope but also demand for it.
In order to keep with the global trends, he said it was important for universities to audit their achievements and towards this end the Goa University has set up a five member Academic Audit Committee headed by Prof. Vinod Gaur, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore which will also draw a road map for the university’s future.
In all 6517 degrees and 762 post graduation degrees were distributed along with Ph.D Degrees, prizes, scholarships and medals at the Convocation Ceremony.