Shibpur (West Bengal), Jan. 19 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called upon the students of the 'Bengal Engineering and Science University' to build society keeping in mind the heritage, tradition of tolerance, mutual respect and inclusive approach towards developmental goals.
"It is always a pleasure to be among young people who are ready to step into their most creative years. Your energy, your determination and your aspirations at this stage must be channelised to address the problems and challenges that our nation is facing in a result-oriented manner," said President Mukherjee in his speech at the at the 15th annual convocation of the Bengal Engineering and Science University here.
" I take this opportunity to call upon you all to be proactive in building our society but without forgetting our heritage and tradition of tolerance, mutual respect and an inclusive approach in achieving our developmental goals," he added.
President Mukherjee said 'the Bengal Engineering and Science University has come a long way since it was established, in 1856, with ten students and three faculty members as the Calcutta Engineering College'.
"Over the last 157 years, the University has evolved into a leading Institution whose alumni have proven themselves in different fields in India and abroad, bringing laurels not only to themselves but also to this institution," he added.
President Mukherjee recalled his last visit here in 2011 when he had inaugurated the 'Students' Centre for Creative Expressions' at Slater Hall, one of the heritage buildings in this campus.
"I had noted then the progress made by this University in education and research, particularly, in the areas of green energy, medical sciences and water technology. It is commendable that the University has now taken a lead in initiating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in strategic areas like Aerospace Technology, Remote Sensing and Material Science and Technology," said President Mukherjee.
"You have equally focused on providing your students the infrastructure and facilities required for excellence and research in these key areas. Your work of exploration and discovery in these fields is of great importance for developing advanced technology in our country to meet the priority needs of our people," he added.
President Mukherjee said he has found out from the Vice Chancellor's report that the faculty and students of BESU have done well in renewable energy, healthcare, steel technology, transportation, planning and architecture, electronics, mining, water, telecommunication and similar key areas of importance for our nation-building and progress as a knowledge society.
"I note that students of this university have also enthusiastically pursued their interest in diverse areas of creative expressions, such as in dramatics, photography and music - which are so important for a balanced personality," he added.
The President said the Government of India, in recognition of the distinguished service provided by this University in the advancement of education, has decided to convert it to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), and recognize it as an 'Institution of National Importance'.
"It is a well earned honour which should motivate all of you to excel in both academics and research," he added.
President Mukherjee called upon the students and faculty members of the institution to ensure regular interaction and collaboration with counterparts in India and abroad.
"This would, in every way, be an enriching experience- of great benefit not only to yourselves and your institution but it will also be an opportunity to showcase your capacities and talents - even while you take the opportunity to learn from the achievements and best practices of others. Similarly, a symbiotic relationship with the industry - wherever there is focus on developing technology and making it consumer friendly would always benefit our people," said President Mukherjee.
"I would like to remind you, as you break the frontiers of science and discover new technology, your efforts would be truly valuable if they bring efficiency to our industry, comfort in the daily lives of our people and wipe the tears of the most challenged of our countrymen," he added. (ANI)