Pimpri: Hailing Indian culture and heritage, Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu urged students to speak more in their mother tongue with people of the same land than English. He was speaking at the ninth convocation of Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth organised at Sant Tukaramnagar campus in Pimpri on Thursday.
Naidu was present as chief guest along with Guardian Minister Girish Bapat as guest of honour. Former governor of Bihar DY Patil; Chancellor of Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth PD Patil; Vice-Chancellor PN Razdan; Founder of KIIT and KISS, Bhubaneswar, Prof Achyuta Samanta; President of Guru Seva Mandal, Parner, Maharashtra, Adv Vishnu Parnerkar and other dignitaries were present at the event.
“One should never neglect or forget his or her mother tongue, place of birth and motherland. Language plays a significant role in education while education means enlightenment, empowerment, employment,” said Naidu.
He said there is no harm in speaking in English but people of the same language should communicate in their mother tongue.
He advised students who aspire to go overseas for further studies to return to their country and serve for society’s welfare. “I understand many students prefer to pursue higher education in India or abroad. There is no harm in pursuing career prospects abroad but return and serve your motherland,” said Naidu.
As many as 1,056 students received their degree certificates. 12 were awarded PhD degrees. 19 Vidyapeeth gold medals were awarded to students from MBBS, urology, pharmacology, anaesthesiology, clinical optometry, dental surgery and more.
Out 19 gold medals, 10 were awarded to girls. To which, Naidu said that women empowerment needs to be strengthened more through education.
The university conferred a degree of ‘Doctor of Letters’ to Adv Vishnu Ramchandra Parnekar, and degree of ‘Doctor of Science’ to Achyuta Samanta.