Chennai, 3rd Oct 2023: Graduation Day at SRM Institute of Science and Technology turned out to be a very impressive affair with over 8500 students receiving degrees. Thunderous applauds filled the auditorium as graduates rose to receive their degrees from chief guest Prof Ricardo Leon Borquez, President of World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).
Graduation Day is the most memorable day in your life, said Prof Ricardo. It is the end of one phase of life, and commencement of another, which involves constant learning.
Learning is a process that has no end, key to sustaining success in life requires one to be a constant learner. Perfection comes to those who are always searching for knowledge, he said.
Speaking about medical education, he said it is a matter of great pride to get the opportunity to study medicine. It puts you on the track of medical practice whose major objective is saving the lives of people.
The study of medicine would be incomplete if it is sans the element of humanity. Adherence to ethics, inculcation of tolerance and imbibing perseverance are among the essential elements that make medical practitioners good healers.
Secretary of Ministry of AYUSH of Government of India Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha and Dr P Veeramuthuvel, Project Director of Chandrayaan – 3, ISRO (Bengaluru) were presented Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by Dr T R Paarivendhar, Founder Chancellor of SRMIST.
Honorary doctorate was presented in recognition of their contribution to their respective fields. Dr. Veeramuthuvel said failures should not prevent students from treading the path of success.
Success does not come easy, it takes a great deal of hard work. Citing the example of the success of Chandraayan 3, he said a lot of tests had to be done on Moon Lander before the mission was launched.
A big team of scientists was involved in conducting various experiments to ensure that things were okay with Moon Lander. An artificial environment had to be constructed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh that was similar to that of the moon to conduct various tests.
Success was witnessed after a great deal of hard work, said Dr Veeramuthuvel. Never be afraid of failures, try to reach your goals with determination, he added.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said education is power and a way to transform oneself. Learning is not mere mastering of facts and figures, it is much beyond that, it is a tool to enrich ourselves, and make our lives better.
Dr P Sathyanarayanan, Pro-Chancellor (Academics) at SRMIST said curiosity and analysis are essential in life. Curiosity motivates one to learn more things, analysis provides the required knowledge. These two elements subsequently result in various innovations, he said.
Vice Chancellor of SRMIST Dr Prof C Muthamizhchelvan, Registrar Dr S Ponnusamy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Medical) Lt Col Dr A Ravikumar, Chairman, SRMIST (Trichy and Ramapuram Campus) Dr R Shivakumar, and Correspondent of SRM Arts and Science College (Kattankulathur) Harini Ravi were among those present.