India A Rising Young Nation, Says Nalanda University Chancellor Vijay Bhatkar At AU Convocation
Visakhapatnam: The Chancellor of Nalanda University and architect of supercomputers in India Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar expressed that the twenty-first century was a defining century for India. He said that the country would surge ahead of the US and China if the growth rate maintained at the present pace. An honorary doctorate was conferred on him by the Andhra University at its 83rd and 84th convocation held on Saturday in Visakhapatnam.
Addressing convocation as chief guest, Dr Bhatkar said India was a rising young nation with the average age being pegged at 29. However, the greatest challenge the nation is likely to face was to endow this young generation with proper education, he observed.
While expressing concerns about growing population which reached 135 crore mark as of today as against 35 crore on the eve of Independence, the Padmasree and Padma Vibhushan recipient said he was “dangerously optimistic” about using 135 crore aspiring minds for the benefit of the nation.
Dr Bhatkar said India had seen stellar accomplishments in the field of IT industry since 1987 and was now being considered a largest IT player in the world. The country had made great strides in space research, fast breeding technology, mobile phone technology and many more areas despite being beset by scams and roadblocks, he opined. He urged the students to not to forget the plight of the farmers in the din of the development.
A total of 856 Ph.Ds, 50 M.Phils and 584 Undergraduate and Post Graduate awards were presented along with best researcher awards to faculty members on the occasion. Andhra University Vice- Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao commenced the convocation.