Striving for Excellence is One of the Fundamental Duties: Mr. Ashwin D. Gowda

Mysuru, March 22, 2022: Mr. Ashwin D. Gowda, Managing Director of KSDC Govt. of Karnataka, emphasized the importance of striving for excellence in today’s competitive world during his inaugural address at a one-day UGC-sponsored workshop on “Skill Development for Students.” The workshop was organized by the Department of English (UG & PG) in association with the IQAC at JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Ooty Road, Mysuru.

Mr. Ashwin D. Gowda advised the students to prioritize the development of soft skills, as it is crucial in meeting the changing demands of the job market. He encouraged students to not only assert their rights but also understand their responsibilities and limitations. Communication and time management, he observed, should be core factors in their learning.

Dr. Latha K. C., Education Officer, UGC SWRO, Bengaluru, and an alumna of the college, served as the chief guest. She emphasized the importance of focusing on goals and avoiding distractions from social media. Emotional intelligence, she noted, plays a significant role in today’s competitive world, and students should learn to manage their emotions to succeed in their respective fields. Acquiring soft skills is essential for a better future, she added.

Prof. B. V. Sambashivaiah, Chief Executive of the College, urged students to take advantage of the opportunities provided by workshops like this. He highlighted the initiatives undertaken by the Central and State Governments to integrate skill components in higher education under NEP 2020. Prof. Sambashivaiah encouraged students to utilize these opportunities to enhance their overall personalities, as the ultimate goal of education is to secure better employment.

The inaugural session was followed by five technical sessions. Topics covered included the importance of soft skills in jobs, current trends in the IT industry, skills for shaping and molding students, communication skills, and effective study habits. The workshop aimed to create awareness and equip students with the necessary skills for a successful future.

Dr. H. C. Honnappa, Principal of the college, welcomed the dignitaries, and the program featured an invocation by Ms. Sannidi. Dr. Poornima M., Head of the Department of English, proposed a vote of thanks, while Smt. Vasumathi P., Assistant Professor of English, served as the compere.