Prof. CNR Rao and Prof. MRD merit scholarships award ceremony. 3276 students receive over Rs. 2.19 crores in scholarship.
At the Prof. CNR Rao and Prof. MRD merit scholarships award ceremony, 3276 students received over Rs. 2.19 crores in scholarship. The recipients were honored by Sri Nirmalanandanatha Maha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math at the event held on PES University campus.
Swamiji visited research centres, class rooms and departments of the university. He gave a motivating speech. Quoting an incident from swami Vivekananda’s life he highlighted why giving back to the society should be a priority for all. He further added that it need not be in the form of money. He pointed out that acquiring knowledge enriches one’s personality and if one wants to be recognized universally, sharing knowledge with the universe is important and which leads to success.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. MR Doreswamy, Chancellor, PES University said, “It is our duty to encourage and recognize meritorious students. The criterion for scholarships is only merit and the process followed is fully transparent. At PES, we do not receive applications for scholarship, but we proactively take the initiative. We feel happy about the process and always disburse the award in a ceremony. We are also aware of the hardships faced by students from rural background who struggle in life. We recognize ten such rural students studying through Kannada medium, who are eligible, who get the admission with free education. At PES, placements are another highlight. After acquiring status of University in 2014, one thousand students of our very first batch of engineering students got placed and among them, 25% students got placed with an average package of 15 lakhs Rupees per annum.” He stressed that upon graduation, students should contribute to nation building. He felt that thinking of society and nation is paramount and said that the three Ms which should never be forgotten by students are: mother, mother tongue and motherland. He concluded his speech by emphasizing that one should always show reverence to one’s culture and heritage and inculcate values in life.
Prof. D. Jawahar, Pro-Chancellor, PES University spoke on the legacy of merit scholarship at PES. He recounted how it all started in 1988, with 28 students getting scholarships with the total amount of Rs. 14,000. The amount doubled every four years to reach Rs. 2 crores per semester. The next milestones for the institution he said are: to be among the top ten universities of India by 2022 and among the top hundred Universities in the world by 2047.
Dr. BN Krishnamurthy, former Director of Technical Education, Karnataka, whose guidance was vital in the forming of PES campus, way back in 1988, was felicitated. Sri R. Ashoka, former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, and Sri PC Mohan, Member of Parliament of Bangalore Central graced the occasion. MV Rajshekharan, senior statesman and former union cabinet minister participated in the ceremony. Dr. K.N. B. Murthy, Vice Chancellor, PES University welcomed the dignitaries and Dr. K.S. Sridhar, Principal of PESIT delivered a vote of thanks.