Rourkela: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday attended the 18th annual convocation ceremony of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela.
Kovind praised the institute for its achievements and also advised the students.
“As the 2nd largest Government run Technology Institute in Eastern India, NIT Rourkela has made significant contribution to the field of engineering & technology. For over six decades, this engineering college has been enriching the pool of technical professionals in the country,” the President said.
“I am pleased to know that NIT Rourkela has students from 33 out of the total 36 states and union territories of India. I am told that students of 17 different countries are also enrolled in various academic disciplines,” said Kovind.
“I advise you to never judge your success only in terms of material gains. You don’t have to limit yourself by the pressures of conventional notions of success and societal pressures. You need to figure out what you really want to do in your life. Choose to do what gives you satisfaction and meaningfulness. Do what takes you closer to your aspirations. Do what makes your families proud of you. Plan for yourself a fruitful and productive path ahead,” the President advised.
“I have been advocating for Universities’ Social Responsibility in line with Corporate Social Responsibility. I am happy to note that NIT Rourkela has adopted 5 villages, as part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan,” he said.
“One of the objectives of the National Education Policy is to make India a global knowledge super power in 21st century. Institutions like NIT Rourkela have to play a major role in achieving these national aims,” he added.