Speech of the Convocation Speaker

speaker

 
Dr. G. VISWANATHAN
Founder & Chancellor
Former Member of Parliament
Former Minister, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
President, Education Promotion Society for India, New Delhi
 
 

In the name of the Almighty, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Honorable Education Minister, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, Distinguished Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University, Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Vice-Chancellor, DIU, faculty members of DIU, distinguished academicians, galaxy of luminaries, parents, ladies and gentlemen and the enthrallment of today's celebration, the graduands, greetings to all of you.

I feel privileged to be invited to deliver the Convocation address at the 6th Convocation of the Daffodil International University. Let me begin by congratulating DIU, which I hope would one day emerge as one of the most preferred educational institutions in Asia.

I am delighted to see such a gathering of bright, young people in the young, green campus of an IT-based university of a promising nation. I am also delighted that these young people will spread across the world to disseminate their knowledge and skills that they acquired in DIU.I congratulate all the graduating students on attaining this milestone in their lives, and the faculty members for shaping the young minds.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The word 'Daffodil' reminds me of the immortal verse of William Wordsworth, in which he saw, at a glance, ten thousand daffodils tossing their heads in sprightly dance like the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way. Here, I see thousands of young stars eagerly waiting to receive their degrees like the sparkling daffodils of Wordsworth.

The vision to transform the society and invest for the development of human resources needs courage. In DIU, I see the courage of Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, the esteemed Chairman of Board of trustees. In the new global order, a nation will be considered powerful only if it has worthy human resource potential. We need to augment our human resources to become globally competent. To create this wealth, we need quality driven institutions like Daffodil International University (DIU). I believe that the graduates of DIU would be competent enough to serve their nation by upholding its prestige and stature with their knowledge, skill and good sense, which have been ingrained in them during their stay at this university.

Dear Graduands,
Today, I wish to take you back to 1876 when the first ever the telephonic transmission by Alexander Graham Bell said, "Come here, Mr. Watson. I want you". Today, the world asks you, my young friends, in the same way 'Come here, I want you'. The world is indeed beckoning you to flow and flourish with fruitfulness to relieve the people from hunger, ignorance and poverty. You are being called upon to serve humankind, to liberate it from the manacles of illiteracy, superstition, dogma and poverty. Please go out to conquer the world thinking of your fellow people. Follow the art of giving and helping the people. Remember, your country is rapidly developing, and so after your graduation you have a lot to contribute for nation building and world development in addition to your personal advancement. Think of what you can do for yourselves, your families, your communities and the world. As students of DIU, you can become role models for your juniors and you should uphold the banner of your Alma Mater, DIU. You have the supreme responsibility of transforming Bangladesh into a developed nation.

As you step out to conquer the world of opportunities, you need to possess unique traits for achieving success in your missions. First, you need to have a larger- than-life aim in life. Next, you should be a lifelong learner engaging in constant pursuit of knowledge. At all times, you have to put in honest hard work and have faith and perseverance in reaching your goals. Another important quality is to convert your goals to tangible and meaningful outcomes. To achieve this, you will need to constantly evaluate your actions and ideas at all times.

The 21st century is unfolding as an opportunity-filled, knowledge-based era that is waiting with open arms to receive knowledgeable, skilled and willing youth. In his book, "Empires of the Mind", Denis Waitley describes the opportunities and challenges of the world in which we are living now. The book highlights the fact that what worked yesterday will not work today. You need to march ahead with confidence and zeal to take on the exciting world that is unfolding before you.

Not so long ago, natural resources were defined as power, but today knowledge has taken that position. Today, knowledge is power and information is wealth. Yesterday, leaders commanded and controlled, but today they empower and coach. Yesterday, shareholders came first but today customers are top priority. Yesterday, status was the defining entity but today creativity drives status. Yesterday, value was extra but today value is everything. Yesterday, everyone was a competitor but today everyone is a customer.

Education with emphasis on values is the need of the hour. I am sure, the curricula and the methods of teaching at Daffodil International University (DIU) have been designed to cater to the needs of the 21st century knowledge society.

With these words, I once again congratulate the graduating students. My best wishes to the management and all the faculty members of DIU in their mission of developing quality human resources for the nation as well as for the world.

Thank you.

May the Almighty bless you!