Where Are Compassionate Political Leaders?

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Where Are Compassionate Political Leaders?

Kailash Satyarthi Gives New Meaning to Convocation

At IIIT-H, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi today strongly advocated globalising compassion.

HYDERABAD, July 22 (The CONNECT) – Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi today strongly advocated globalising compassion.

“We need compassionate people from all walks of life, we need compassionate political leaders,” Satyarthi said in the 22nd convocation address at IIIT-Hyderabad. “When we globalise everything, it is also the time for globalizing compassion,” he observed without referring to any incident.

In all, 519 students graduated and a record number of 25 PhDs and 195 Masters were awarded. Pratyanshu Pandey, B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was awarded the IIITH gold medal in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. Kandala Savitha Viswanadh  (Dual Degree in ECE) was awarded Best All-rounder for his notable contributions to academics, extracurricular activities and IIITH services. A total number of 131 companies registered for placements; 95 companies conducted interviews.

The Nobel laureate said “convocation is the day to remember not because you have graduated. It is the day of gratitude. It is the day to say thank you to all those who brought you here—your parents, teachers, relatives, plumbers and carpenters, and all those involved in your life. It is the day to remember all of those, he told the students.”

Stating that mental health is ravaging society, he said It is not an illness but It is growing like wildfire. The WHO (World Health Organisation) says about one trillion US dollars is spent on it. 89 million die of depression, he said. If half of that is spent on education, health care and other related areas we would not reach such a mental health condition he said.

Commending the graduating students, Prof. P J Narayanan, Director, IIITH said, “The graduating students of 2023 are joining the professional world formally today, out to chart their own paths in this increasingly competitive and complicated world. I am confident you possess highly useful skills in your area and immense creativity to apply those to different problems. Above all, I urge you to travel your life’s journey with deep concern and caring toward the society around you. We expect the best from you in the coming years and are confident you will exceed our expectations”.

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