On a day that over 5000 freshers were inducted into different courses at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology, parents from different parts of the country were assured that there was no ragging on the campus and their wards were quite safe to pursue their academic studies without worry.
The initial reference to the retrograde practice of ragging was made by SRMIST Vice Chancellor Prof Sandeep Sancheti who spoke,among other things,about the do’s and don’ts for students while welcoming them.
Emphasizing that there was a significant 7 percent investment in R and D in SRMIST, he urged students to make full use of the state of the art facilities for research at SRMIST to experiment and innovate as their objective.Should be to go beyond their standard curriculum to emerge as entrepreneurs and trail blazers. While 75 per cent attendance was necessary to qualify for examinations, he advised freshers to aim for 100 per cent attendance to derive the full benefit of knowledge and guidance from their teachers. “Even if you already have knowledge of some subject matters, you should be patient and help other students,” he said.
Ultimately, it was important for students to become better human beings apart from excelling in studies. Delivering the inaugural address, Founder Chancellor and newly elected Lok Sabha member TR Paarivendhar said that he felt guilty for taking leave from Parliament to attend the induction programme. Paarivendhar explained his initial feeling of guilt to skip Parliament even for a day came as he was new in the Lok Sabha and had been generally urging students to ensure 100 per cent attendance at SRMIST.
Assuring students about their placement in jobs after they completed their courses, he said once they had an SRM brand tag, they did not have to worry on this score. Alluding to the PM’s ambitious plan to generate 2 crore jobs every year since 2014, he noted that while this was not achieved, he could assure that SRMIST could do its bit to ensure job placements for students.