VIT University Vellore 33rd Annual Convocation  


Defence minister’s  call to  students  to  use  technology  to  help India  face future cyber  war

VELLORE  : Defence  Minister Mrs. NirmalaSitharaman  has  called upon the  engineering students to  use the latest  technology  and skills to help India face  cyber  war in future.

Delivering the convocation address at the 33rd Annual Convocation of the Vellore  Institute  of Technology at the  VIT campus  here  on Saturday,  Mrs. Sitharaman said that  in future,  wars will  be  fought less  on the  borders  but  more in cyber  space.  Today thecountry  was facing  the  threat of cyber war with  its  far-reaching  ramifications on national  security.  Besides, one’s  personal  security  and interests were  also threatened by cyber crime.   The students  who  are qualifying  today in science and  technology  will have  to start working to  see  how technology  can  be  adopted to tackle these twin  threats”, she said.

The  defence minister said that the  Indians have imbibed the  entrepreneurial spirit genetically from their  forefathers dating back  to the period  when the  Nalanda  University  was  flourishing.  The  British  colonial  era  saw the  emergence of English  education which  was intended to  educate  the Indian people  to  work as  clerks and  serve their  British  masters. This trend which started during  the  colonial  rule  continued  for  the 50  years after Independence.  The  NarendraModiGovernment wants to break  the chain  which  fettered the  students by  forcing  them to take  up salaried  jobs instead of starting  their  own  business.  The  Government  has initiated the  Make  In India  programme  to encourage  the  engineers to  go in for  start-ups,  she  said.
The defence  minister  was  making  this  remark in  response  to  the  request  of Dr. G. Viswanathan,  Chancellor  of VIT to help  remove the  chains which fettered the growth of  education.  She agreed with the view that the  regulations  in the  education sector  too need to be  relaxed.

Dr.G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor who presided said  that after  the liberalisation,  privatisation and  globalisation regime in 1991-96,  all sectors  were  de-regulated.  But de-regulation has not so far happened in the education sector.  He requested the defence  minister  to help  in the  de-regulation of  the  education  sector.

The Chancellor  pointed out that  though India had the  potential  to  become  a hub of  international  education,  it  contributed just one per  cent of the  international  students  throughout the  world.  On the other  hand,  lakhs  of  students from India  were going abroad for higher education, and the Government  of  India  was spending  Rs.75,000  crore  worth of  foreign exchange  annually  on these  students. 

Dr. Viswanathan  said  that VIT was ranked 13th  among  the  various  engineering institutions  in India  under  the  National Institutional Ranking  Framework  (NIRF)  of  the  Ministry of Human Resources Development,  and first among  the private  engineering  institutions.  A total of 39,000  students were  studying in the four  campuses  of  VIT in India.  A total of 3300 students were recruited  through campus  placements  in 2017-18.  Till date, 2600  students  were  placed through  campus  recruitment in 2018-19, he  said.
Mr. VijiSanthanam,  Managing Director, Brakes India  Private Limited and Chairman, Sundaram Finance  Limited, Chennai who  was  the  guest of  honour  said that  while at present,  a majority of India’s  population  was  below the age of  27  years,  this  demographic  dividend  will  start  declining  by 2040.  In order  to propel  economic growth,  India  has  to make good  use  of  this  competitive advantage  which it  can  enjoy  only for another  20  years, he  said.

Mrs.Sitharaman distributed the  gold medals  and degree certificates to  54  candidates. 

A total of  6277 candidates received their  degree certificates at the convocation. 
Dr.  Anand A. Samuel, Vice-Chancellor  of VIT  welcomed the  gathering.  Mr. Sankar Viswanathan, Dr. Sekar Viswanathan  andMr.G.V.Selvam, vice-presidents,  and  Ms.Kadambari S. Viswanathan, Assistant Vice-President, Pro Vice-Chancellors Dr. S. Narayanan, Dr N. Sambantham, Registrar Dr. K. Sathiyanarayananof  VIT participated.