Principal's speech on 26th January 2017
My dear Beloved staff & students,
I first salute my great mother land of 29 states and 7 union territories & welcome you all to celebrate the 68th Republic day of our country. This great country built on the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, the intellectual & hard working people is now marching ahead at a rapid pace. Indians are marching together like never before towards peace, progress & prosperity. It is a youth led development that is going on.
Imperial British Rule imposed over India ceased to exist post August 15, 1947 when our nation attained freedom and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was made the interim Prime Minister. But the nation was incomplete. It was still following the procedures, penal codes, regulations and laws which were inherited from Her Majesty’s regime. Although the nation had turned sovereign (recognized as independent entity), it took another 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to turn India into a complete democratic, constitutional republic.
On January 26, 1950, the Constitution prepared by the Drafting Committee headed by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was enacted and put into force. The day is marked as the birth of modern India. The forefathers of the nation prepared the constitution after facing the tedious task of taking into consideration the concerns of hundreds of ethnic communities, multiple religious segments and regional tribes. Our country is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic with the human rights of justice, equality, liberty & fraternity to all its citizens.
Swami Vivekananda said “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man”& all of us here are in the field of Technical Education. This is the right time for all of us to contribute for the development of the country. Consider the great men of our country as our role models & march ahead. This is the time students should concentrate on their own skill development & improvement of self-confidence. Though our country is progressing, the common man is still struggling for livelihood, justice & happiness. There are divisive forces in the name of region, religion; caste etc. people are to be broad minded. They should not group & quarrel in the name of Film personalities. All of us need to cooperate with one another & maintain good relationships. Let me tell you some of the recent developments in our country & state in the right direction.
India is emerging as a strong digital economy. We have 35 crores of internet users, 100 cr + mobiles, 109cr+ Aadhaar cards, 100cr+ bank accounts. There is a major financial revolution as we shift from a cash-dependent to cashless economy. We look forward to better social equity, availability of more resources for development work through higher revenue collection, eradication of counterfeit currency, a reduction in illegal transactions and a curb on black money. The faculty, staff & students are the engines of change and we participate by explaining this to villagers, in grama sabhas & conducted rallies. We tried to dispel the belief that digital transactions are not complex and smart phone & internet connectivity are not essential for all transactions. We explained about the debit cards, prepaid cards, USSD, AEPS, UPI, Mobile wallets & BHIM – Bharat interface for money. We motivated people to go from paper money to digital money. I congratulate students & staff for this excellent contribution. Students should also be aware of computing skills and modern technologies like cloud computing, IOT, and data analytics to march ahead with the development in our country.
The second is smart India hackathon 2017 in which students are given opportunity to come out with ideas and solutions for various problems in our country as part of project work. This I say is another revolution in the thinking process & the development of students. I found 598 problem statements of many depts. / central ministries. Already students of various engg. colleges in our country have made submission to each problem statements. I request the staff also to go through this opportunity. It’s really amazing & Innovative. The web site for this is innovate.mygov.in/sih2017.
The expectation of the students who live in the age of facebook & twitter & whatsapp is very high. So teachers have to use innovative methods in class room teaching & use the online resources. The stage is set for online teaching and learning experience by massive open online courses (MOOC). These aim at unlimited participation and open access to teachers & students through the web. The Swayam program of MHRD & AICTE with the help of Microsoft is going to reach every student in every corner. Swayam will have 2000 courses and 80,000 hours of learning. All the courses are interactive, prepared by the best teachers in the country and are available free of cost. Ours is India’s sunrise state. The state government is keen on integrating technology in class room teaching and wants student leaders for our socio economic development. My today’s speech on this occasion can be read in the blog spot of our website gpadk.edu.in and the photographs may be viewed in the gallery of the website. Things are transparent and within our reach. You have to reach them in the process of learning.
I appreciate the students who are actively participating in ODF activity, Janmabhoomi- maa vuru, plantation of saplings for Haritha Andhra Pradesh etc. & for all these activities I thank the staff for their commitment. As the head of the institute, I receive instructions through sms/mails at a speed slightly less than the speed of light & sound & unless you support me we cannot have a dynamic environment in our campus. Coming to our academic activities you have unit tests on 5th /15th March and board exams in the last week of March. Only 50 days are left to learn as much as possible and come out successfully in the exams. Work hard to reduce your back logs if any. Physical activities are important in our life, so keep yourself fit with sports, games & regular exercises.
For our motherland, all are equal. Hate never, hurt never – help ever, love ever & be happy for ever.