The university campus came alive with eager students at the inauguration of the fourth batch of engineering, architecture and design programs. The PES University app was launched in the orientation program following the inauguration. At the outset, the gathering paid rich tributes to Prof. U R Rao, remembering him as the father of Indian satellite programme. Vice Chancellor Dr K N B Murthy introduced the guests, welcomed the invitees and parents and reiterated the commitment of PES University to the society and student community. The proceedings started with the dignitaries on the dais participating in the lighting of the lamp and melodious invocation by a student. Prof Jawahar, Pro Chancellor talked about the dream of Dr M R Doreswamy and founding of PES society in 1972 which then took shape of a small school and which is today a pre-eminent university with over twenty thousand students. He outlined his vision for the university and the commitment to nurture the students into competent, ethically strong global citizens. The plaque marking the launch of three centers for research was formally unveiled by the guests. Sanctioned by Department of Industries and Commerce through Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation (KCTU) the centers are focused on pattern recognition and machine intelligence, IoT and data sciences and aircraft technologies. The commencement address was delivered by Chief Guest, Shri Darpan Jain, Commissioner-Industrial Development, Director- Industries and Commerce, Commissioner- Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Govt. of Karnataka. He drew the attention of the students to the rapid pace of change in every part of the economy which is not just “geometric or arithmetic progression but exponential”. He saw the need for students to be prepared for the increasing role of services sector and greater use of technology enabled smart devices and cities. He underscored the importance of emotional intelligence and highlighted its dimensions through the symbol of Ganesha; broad forehead for wisdom, sacred thread for discipline, lotus for blooming even in tough conditions and the big belly for accepting all viewpoints. Dr M R Doreswamy, Chancellor highlighted the university’s consistent efforts in recognizing and nurturing merit and empowering the students to become job creators and not just job seekers. The orientation program following the inauguration was conducted by Prof Jawahar. He explained how the experience and expertise in education has helped his staff to focus on each dimension of teaching and learning. The PES University app was launched on the occasion. The app provides instant access to assessments, attendance, courses taken, time table, lecture videos, and notifications. He looked forward to students becoming competent professionals, innovative in thinking and making their institution proud.