Our research has to be comparable to the very best in the world
Kattankulathur, Sept 25: World is looking at India with admiration and expectations that we will contribute to solving global issues such as clean energy, water remediation, clean environment, said Professor Ajay Kumar Sood, Prinicipal Scientific Adviser to Government of India. This is certainly within our reach, said Professor Ajay. He was the chief guest at the 18th convocation day.
He was delivering the graduation day address at the 18th convocation day at SRM Institute of Technology at Kattankulathur near Chennai today. Founder Chancellor of SRMIST Dr T R Paarivendhar presided over the convocation in which over 7380 graduands from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology including 107 PhD Scholars received degrees and 77 students who have secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks in their respective subjects were awarded gold medals.
Principal Scientific Adviser also received honorary degree of Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) during the graduation day in recognition of his contribution to the field of science.
Speaking to the graduands further, Professor Ajay said our research has to be on par with the best in the world in all disciplines ranging from basic sciences, engineering to humanities. ‘I urge you to push the frontiers of knowledge and translate this knowledge towards societal development.
Principal Scientific Adviser urged the students to make enhance creativity in them. ‘Creativity should be a part of your DNA.’ Speaking about education, the eminent scientist said the motto of all universities should be to promote innovation in teaching, learning and research and cross pollinate new ideas, new technologies and new world views.
Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) S Somanath was also awarded honorary degree of Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his contribution to the field of science. He was the guest of honour during the graduation day.
Addressing the students, Somanath said the next 25 years would be known as ‘Amrit Kaal’ for our nation, as commendable work is to take place in the fields of science and technology which can transform this country. It is time to kindle the spirit in our young population and motivate them to play a crucial role in progress of the nation.
Vice chancellor of SRMIST Professor C Muthamizhchelvan delivered the welcome address and presented the annual report. SRMIST is an educational institution that is offering multi disciplinary education and has made steadfast progress since its inception. The institution has garnered good ratings in recognition of its work. The insitution has created a space for itself in the academic world of this nation.
Pro Chancellor (Academics) of SRMIST Dr P Sathyanarayanan, Registrar of SRMIST Dr. S Ponnusamy, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical) of SRM Medical College and Research Centre Col. Dr. A Ravikumar and Controller of Examinations at SRMIST Dr K Gunasekaran were among others present.