Mysuru, August 3:- “The country lacks effective leaders with a vision. There is a leadership lacuna. An effective leader is one who takes everyone along with him,” said Prof Vidyashankar, vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University at the inauguration of the Student Parliament and Talent Forum, SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Jayalakshmipuram, here on Thursday.
In his inaugural address, Prof Vidyashankar focused on two issues: Who is a good leader and how technology should be used for knowledge enhancement by youth. Speaking on the need to develop leadership qualities among youth, the speaker called upon the students to make effective use of the student parliament platform to develop leadership qualities and a chain of communication with others.
On knowledge and technology, Prof Vidyashankar said there is no limit and barriers to the level of knowledge a student can gain. “Do not ape the west only for use technology for entertainment; make effective use of technology for knowledge enhancement,” were the words of the speaker to the younger generation while pointing out that the nation is ahead in space technology but falls behind in manufacturing technology. “In the era of globalisation and intense competitive scenario, students should give importance to acquire skills so that they can contribute to society. There is no software for achieving success, but only hard work.”
Noted theatre artiste and actor Mandya Ramesh who was the chief guest on the occasion spoke about the need for having an education system that teaches an individual to lead life and face the challenges of life with courage. “Education should enable a student to gain a cultural and emotional perspective of life. It should teach humanity, help emote with family, friends and relatives to share their trials and tribulations. If one cannot share, or communicate with fellow beings, it is the failure of education,” opined the popular actor.
“Education should also help one develop a love for one’s native language.” He called upon the students to take part in curricular activities – theatre, sports, music, art – and laid emphasis on the role of ‘Talents Forum’ in educational institutions. “A vibrant talent forum helps students build a parallel life alongside academics while grooming their personality. Do not wait for opportunities; create them and seize them by its forelocks. It not only helps you grow as an individual but also adds to the growth of the society.”
Dr Vijayalakshmi Muralidhar, secretary, MES, presided over the inaugural programme. Dr S Venkataramu, principal, administered the oath to the newly elected members of the Student Parliament and called upon them to execute their responsibilities effectively. Chief executive officer and academic advisor Dr S.R. Ramesh shared the dais. Jayakumari, convener of Talents Forum welcomed and introduced the guests. Dr Indrani M R, the convener of Student Parliament, proposed vote of thanks. Students and staff were present in large numbers. The inauguration programme was followed by cultural programmes. (MR)