Hyderabad: Telangana Governor and Osmania University Chancellor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has exhorted students and scholars to focus on innovation.
“Innovation is the key for the country’s transformation and all-round progress. We must give top priority to promote innovation at all levels to realize the goal of self-reliant India,” she said while delivering the Chancellor’s address at the 81st convocation of OU at Tagore Auditorium on the campus on Wednesday.
Motivating students to be ready to face challenges, the Governor said facing challenges would help them get stronger.
“A caterpillar, when it metamorphoses into a butterfly, repeatedly knocks on the cocoon to break it and come out of it. By facing the challenges, it gets its wings strong. Similarly, you should do not shy away from facing tough challenges and emerge as the tough one,” she told the graduating students.
Delivering the 81st convocation address, Secretary (Department of Defence R&D) and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr G Satheesh Reddy said his association with the university was long and that the DRDO had managed several projects with the university, with many projects still underway.
Stating that the country had progressed in a big way in science and technology, Reddy said the anti-satellite mission was successfully demonstrated just in two years which no one could do in such a short period.
“We have developed several missile systems like Prithvi, Akash, Nag, Agni, Brahmos and ballistic missiles, which has put us in the list of the top six nations in the world,” he said, adding that before the world could come out with an anti-drone system, India was the first to produce anti-drone technology.
“We have been making the systems. The difference is that we should make first of its kind systems, not after somebody makes it. We should make the advanced systems here and we have capabilities. Universities are engines for innovations and resources for applied research,” he said.
OU Vice Chancellor Prof D Ravinder presented a report on the activities of the university. Eighty gold medals were presented to meritorious students while 343 candidates were awarded PhD degrees during the convocation.
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