IIM convocation: Naidu rues degeneration of values

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SHILLONG, April 16: Vice president, Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that complete degeneration of values and the absence of fear of law are obviously leading to deviant and crooked behaviour among the people.

He further said that it is important to adhere to values of honesty, integrity, truthfulness and adopt the best practices. “Corporate ethics should not be violated,” he said while delivering the convocation address at the IIM Shillong.

The Vice President advised the students to remember the seven sins mentioned by Mahatma Gandhi – wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principle.

He further advised the students to possess strong character, uncompromising honesty and integrity, ethical values, patience and a sense of gratitude as they further their career prospects. Never forget that you will not only impact the lives of people in your organizations but also the lives of many others, who depend on the livelihood of your direct employees, he added.

Naidu while remembering former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who died in IIM Shillong few years back said that the greatest tribute to the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam would be to follow his footsteps even as he added that the people’s President was a simple man with great ideas

Calling for academic empowerment of women, he also urged upon the people to preserve their local language even though he maintained that people should learn as many languages as possible.

“The dialects of the North East must be preserved but we should not be against any other language,” he said adding that India may have many ethnic groups and religion and the approach of everyone should be as Indians.

Stating that religion is way of worshipping and culture is a way of life,   the Vice President he also suggested the IIM graduates they should not go abroad now  as people from outside instead are coming to India which has potential in every sector

“The 21st century belongs to India an only Indian economy is moving forward,” he said. Supporting the move of demonetization and Goods and Service Tax (GST), the purpose of demonetization was to see that people’s money reaches bank from their bedrooms and kitchens.

On GST, the vice president said that it was a reform which would change the economy of the country in future. He further said that there was a need for inclusive growth of the backward areas of the country.

On the research front, the Vice President cited the 2018 National Institutional Ranking Framework, (NIRF) to highlight that India’s overall share in world publications is extremely low.

“Of the total 83,09,449 research publications in 2016-17, only 3,36,978 are from India. In the management discipline, the share is just two per cent,” he said.

Earlier in the day, IIM-Shillong chairman Shishir Bajoria said the Board of Governors at the institute is expected to strike a deal soon with a top B-School in the US for the benefit of its students.

The Centre has approved the institute’s proposal to increase the sanctioned student strength from 390 to 680 and the built-up area from 45,500 sqm to 55,717 sqm on its new campus at the New Shillong Township, Bajoria said, thanking the Union government for its support.

IIM Shillong Director, Professor Amitabha De spoke on the various initiatives earlier which the institute had taken.

It may also be mentioned that IIM Shillong has fortified its position as a premier B-School with the successful completion of the placement season for the batch of 2016-18 earlier during the year. Its flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) witnessed the completion of final placement for its largest batch size till date.

Earlier, Naidu arrived in IGBI airport in Guwahati on Monday morning where he was goiven warm welcome by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, PHE minister Rihon Daimary, chief secretary TY Das, DGP Mukesh Sahai, commissioner of police Hiren Nath and deputy commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Virendra Mittal.

Naidu will visit Imphal to inaugurate a workshop on “Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Doubling of Farmer’s Income”. The workshop will be held at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound in Imphal on April 18.

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