President Ram Nath Kovind hascalled upon students to turn entrepreneurs to create jobs rather than seek them. He has also advised them to follow ethics and principles to attain true success in whatever they chose to do in life.
What President Asserted
The President said there could be no ambiguity or scope for argument on ethics while addressing the students and teachers of Lucknow’s Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University during its seventh convocation ceremony. “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics,” he said.
The President noted with satisfaction the rapid progress the country is making but said, “We need to do more on specific social and economic challenges as well as in the areas of science and technology.” When the country moves forward, he said, every citizen benefits and gets opportunities for personal development.
He lauded the university for taking various steps to highlight social concerns and provide access to the disadvantaged. He mentioned that it has also adopted nearby villages and worked with the local community on education and development – and connected local people to the University’s Innovators’ Club. He appreciated the efforts, calling them an example of the students’ sensitivity and sense of responsibility.
Remembering Patel, Ambedkar, Vajpayee
Kovind also urged students to draw inspiration from the hard work and struggle of social reformer Dr BR Ambedkar and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also remembered another Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallavbhai Patel, India’s first home minister.
‘Pehle Aap’ Etiquette’
President Kovind mentioned Lucknow’s ‘pehle aap’ (After you, please) etiquette. He asserted that though people make fun of the ceremonious protocol but if imbibed, it can actually solve the behavioural issues that plague the current generation. “It teaches us to be sensitive rather than be impatient and aggressive,” he said. President insisted that it could actually lead to more happiness around.