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President Kovind urges students to become entrepreneurs, job creators

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday called upon students to turn entrepreneurs to create jobs rather than seek them and advised them to follow ethics and principles to attain true success in whatever they chose to do in life.

education Updated: Dec 15, 2017 18:56 IST
Rajeev Mullick
President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by UP Governor Ram Naik at the 7th convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow  on Friday.
President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by UP Governor Ram Naik at the 7th convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow on Friday. (Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday called upon students to turn entrepreneurs to create jobs rather than seek them and advised them to follow ethics and principles to attain true success in whatever they chose to do in life.

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.

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.

“People of Lucknow elected Vajpayee and sent him to Parliament a number of times as their representative. People respect him for his contribution towards the county and society,” he said as he pointed out that Vajpayee and Ambedkar had a strong connection with Lucknow.

The President said Ambedkar, the father of the Constitution, was known for all the hard work he did throughout his life. “When he was studying at Columbia University, he used to complete his thesis in quick time. It is because of this quality he was appointed as chairman of Constitution draft committee,” he said.

He also remembered another Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallavbhai Patel, India’s first home minister, who died on December 15.

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.

‘Endorse ‘pehle aap’ etiquette’

Kovind mentioned Lucknow’s ‘pehle aap’ (After you, please) etiquette and said though people make fun of the ceremonious protocol but if imbibed, it can actually solve the behavioural issues that plague the current generation.

He said the tradition followed in the City of Nawabs teaches people to be patient and give priority to others.

“It teaches us to be sensitive rather than be impatient and aggressive,” the President said as he insisted that it could actually lead to more happiness around.

“Lucknow is a city of culture and is known for its values all around. People should pick ‘pehle aap’ from this city.”

Praise for BBAU’s Sushma, Neelu

Kovind showered praise on Sushma Verma, the youngest Indian to get enrolled in a PhD course at the age of 15, and Neelu Sharma who got admission in the PhD course under the single girl child scheme. He mentioned these two girls twice in his speech.

Verma became the country’s youngest matriculate at the age of seven and youngest to get admission in post graduate course at BBAU at 13. While Sharma got UGC Swami Vivekananda single girl child scholarship and gets 30,000 per month as a research fellow.