“Modern education system lacks moral principles,” said Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate Dalai Lama.
He was delivering the convocation address at the 97th convocation of University of Mysore organised in the city on Tuesday. He said, “Modern education is relying only on external and materialistic values which are the main reason why every individual or even a billionaire can’t find happiness in him. If we are able to find moral principles within ourselves and cultivate it, we would be living a fruitful life. We really need to use our will power to transfer our tradition, unfortunately we are relying only on religion. Out of 7.2 billion people in the world there are many who are just posing as religious people. Today we are facing crisis of moral principles within ourselves. In my childhood I wasn’t much interested in education and I just enjoyed playing. But at the age of 16 I had to lose my freedom and in fact I lost my country itself and I had to live in exile ever since.”
“At that time, my people trusted me and it was a great responsibility on me which took me towards finding moral principles. The nature has never created any trouble but we have hampered it on the basis of colour, race, gender, nationality, system and etc. These differences could be eradicated only through happiness. Don’t consider me as a special person, I too have emotions and we need to think out of emotions,” he added.
Receiving a watch as a gift from the UoM, the Dalai Lama said, “I am very happy for the watch gifted by the university. I remember the day when former US president D Roosevelt gifted me a watch along with a letter which I had never opened. Recently when I met US president Barrack Obama he gave me a copy of that letter and read it for me.
Dalai Lama and Rajamatha Pramodadevi Wadiyar were conferred with honorary doctorate on the occasion. It may be recalled that members of Save University Forum and Dalit Students Federation had recently requested and had written a letter to the Tibetan spiritual leader and Pramodadevi to not share dais with UoM VC, Prof K S Rangappa.
16 gold medals:
Medals and cash prizes:
In the undergraduate division Kavya S has topped the list and has won three medals and three cash prizes in the faculty of Arts. In the faculty of commerce Rashmi Prabhu G has topped the list with three medals and five cash prizes. In the faculty of Science and Technology Maseera Khanum topped the list with 89.66% and has won two medals and two cash prizes whereas Gayathri G S has won four medals and six cash prize.
In the post-graduate division, Vedavathi has topped in arts with seven medals and four cash prizes. Varsha M Kaushik has topped in commerce with five gold medals. Vinod Kumar has topped in education with three gold medal and three cash prizes.
Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Registrar R Rajanna and others were present.