Knowledge has half-life, so keep learning to succeed, IIT Madras Professor tells graduating students at 25th Convocation
You are fortunate to graduate at a time when our nation is poised to grow out of its past and become a stronger nation.
November 25, 2017
CUrtains came down on the 25th Convocation of Manipal University with Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prof IIT Madras and former Principal Adviser, Ministry of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Government of India advising the graduating students of 2017 to keep learning all the time to succeed in life.
“Knowledge has half-life, so keep learning throughout life. That is the only way to ensure knowledge will not become obsolete. If you want to succeed in life, keep learning all the time from your colleagues, from your friends, from your juniors and tomorrow even from your children,” he said.
On the concluding day of the three-day Convocation of Manipal University (now called Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), 1269 graduates were awarded certificates. Two students, Sunaina Puri from Manipal College of Dental Sciences and Malshe Rohit Sanjay from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration received the prestigious Dr TMA Pai gold medals.
Also, 36 scholars were awarded PhD degrees. Dr Pragna Rao, Dean KMC, Manipal welcomed the gathering and Dr GK Prabhu, Pro Vice Chancellor and Director, MIT gave an overview of Manipal University.
Addressing the graduating students at KMC Greens in Manipal, Dr Jhunjhunwala said, “Today you are fortunate that you can also learn from the Internet. The day you stop learning, you will become obsolete. You are fortunate to graduate at a time when our nation is poised to grow out of its past and become a stronger nation. Each of you will indeed enjoy this, but have a special role to play and owe great responsibility in getting us there”.
“You are walking into the beginning of this transition. The knowledge and skills, honed by this institute, could make a difference. Robotics, 3D-manufacturing (also called additive manufacturing), nano-materials have all arrived and is going to transform the society.
There will be many occasions in the future when you will find that all you have learnt here, in the class and outside, to be very useful”.
“There will be many-many challenges as you walk into the future. A lot many changes will happen all around. Do not just watch these changes happen. Drive them. You will personally be successful and the nation will benefit immensely. Manipal University will be proud to see its alumni drive such changes,” he said.
“There will be lots of challenges and problems. One of the biggest problems that you will face in near-future is “water-problem” in the world. Availability of water will be probably the world’s biggest challenge. And India will face this faster than others. The only way out is to recycle every drop that we use. If we do not solve the problem, you could see water-wars in your life-time”.
“Another related problem, especially for India, will be India’s waste disposal. Swatch Bharat will remain a slogan, if technologies and processes are not developed and used extensively. Quick-fixes will not work. World has to become truly sustainable. It will be a great challenge,” Dr Jhunjhunwala said.