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Collaborative excellence needed: T. Ramasami

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LAUDABLE:Nithin Vaz receives the MBA degree from Hindustan University Chancellor Elizabeth Verghese at the convocation ceremony of Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science in Padur on Saturday.

CHENNAI: Youngsters of today are special as they not only belong to a changing world, but are an integral part of a changing India that can change the world, according to T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology. He was delivering the convocation address at the Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Padur, here on Saturday, in which 525 undergraduate and 181 post-graduate students were awarded degrees.

Education has to be a process that brings in physical well-being and elevation of thought, Dr. Ramasami said, urging the students not to see it only from the context of the remuneration it promises. Asking them to strive for collaborative excellence, rather than competitive excellence, he said “Let us all succeed, but let us make sure no one else fails.”

As many as 15 rank holders at Anna University-level were honoured with cash prizes and awards. Hindustan University Chancellor Elizabeth Verghese spoke about the need for the active involvement of the industry in research. At the same function, the university conferred the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on Ashok Nayak, chairman, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. In his speech, Mr. Nayak said that the doctorate was a recognition of the efforts of scientists in the aviation sector.

It was an emotional moment for 24-year-old Nithin Vaz as he climbed the stairs amid much cheering. Nithin said he had always fostered dreams of making it big and the fact that he is short does not discourage him. Proudly displaying his MBA degree, with specialisation in HR, he said “It takes time for people to become sensitive, but when they do, they become very supportive.”

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