Mysuru, August 7:- “Ask yourself what is the purpose of your life?” was the question G V Kalavathi, Head of Philips Innovation Campus, Bengaluru asked the first year students on the ‘Freshman Day’ and Endowment Awards ceremony held at NIE last week.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, she recalled her days at NIE and said that she was a complete package of good, bad and ugly where instead of finding her weakness she sought to follow her strengths.
Earlier, interacting with the students, she expressed pleasure on learning the thought process of students on joining engineering stream at NIE. Calling upon parents and students, she advised them to build energy, be passionate about studies, keep the simplicity and have a smiling face.
On her own experience of studying in NIE, Kalavathi said that the alma mater taught her life skills, engineering skills to develop an analytical mind and basic engineering design. “Thank your parents. Network with people to learn, bring out your ideas and strengthen your fundamentals”, she said. Kalavathi owed her meteoric rise in career to her parents, mentor chancellor of NIE University (NIEU) D A Prasanna among others.
Col Raghu Krishna Iyengar, the guest of honour, motivated the students to join the Army and look for five Ps’ within which were Purpose, Pride, Passion, Perseverance and Patience. “There is no shortcut for success. You have to sweat it out. Sell yourselves and to do this develop your communication skills especially English,” were his words of advice to the freshmen.
Student Handbook Year of 2019 was released by chancellor Prasanna and shared the vision of NIEU. Felicitation to GV Kalavathi and Col Iyengar was held. Kalavathi was honoured with the award ‘Distinguished Alumna’ of NIE.
Endowment awards were given to meritorious students and achievers. Four newly joined students received full and partial fee waiver respectively for their performance in CET.
Principal Dr G Ravi welcomed. Dean (AA) Dr G S Suresh briefed the students about the rules and regulations, CoE Dr T N Shridhar detailed the examination pattern.
The programme began with lighting the traditional lamp followed by an invocation to the almighty. Students Arya and Kushal anchored. C K Vanamala, associate professor, ISE introduced the guests and coordinated and Dr R Chidanandappa, associate professor, EEE, proposed vote of thanks. Around 1000 students, parents, faculty and staffs attended the event. (MR)