Students should plunge into action rather than just talk – Prof. Y.S. Siddegowda.

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Mysuru, April 28, 2017: “In earlier days when there were no media, we had to collect information by listening to speeches and by talking. But today there are several mediums’, and hence there is a need where we have to plunge into action rather than keep talking,” opined Prof. Y.S. Siddegowda, Vice-Chancellor of Tumakuru University.

He participated in the valedictory programme of the Cultural and Sports meet 2017-18, held at the JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science (Autonomous), B.N. Road, Mysuru. In his presidential address, he said, “Today’s students have to realise the need of action rather than words. They have to cross two levels to achieve this. While the first level is gaining knowledge, the second level is deciding what to do and what not to do. In this competitive era, these two levels are essential for the students to know about their responsibilities. It will not only help them to develop ethics but will also develop their personality. But this path is very challenging,” he added.

The chief guest, guest lecturer Prof. M. Chandrakumar, Department of Physical Education and Sports, Mysore University in his address said, “Today the interest to participate in sports and cultural activities is reducing among the students’ day-by-day. What is more unfortunate is that it has become challenging to identify their interests. Because on an average, most of the students will spend 280 minutes in a day looking at their mobile phones. That is leading to the creation of a sick society in India. Hence, today the youngsters have to look after their physical and mental health.”

In her valedictory address, Smt. Bhagirathi Kadam, Director, Rangayana, Mysuru, observed, “What will show the way to our life is itself education.” Explaining her theatre learning days, she said, “What we dream to become when we are young might become the guidance in our future life. An artist can easily enact the role of violence or a villain. But enacting sympathy, love is tough, which is required today. I feel sad when I see even literates falling prey to superstitions and communalism.”

Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah, College Executive Officer, opined that the extra-curricular activities conducted by the student forums had provided an excellent platform for overall development and creativity of the students. It has helped them to develop healthy habits. “There are two opportunities for the students after completing graduation, engaging in research or joining a job. Today the government has introduced many programmes to provide financial help for those who engage in research works,” he added.

Prof. M. Mahadevappa, College Principal, Sri M.P. Somashekar, Cultural Forums Convener and Sri M. Karthik, Sports Forum Convener were present.

Earlier, the programme commenced with an invocation by Kum. Anushri. Kum. Megha V. welcomed and introduced the guests. Kum. Soujanya presented a report on the cultural and sports activities. Sri Vikaskumar and Sri Vinaykumar announced the list of winners of various cultural and sports competitions. Kum. Sagarika Kashyap compered and Kum. Sindhushri gave a vote of thanks.