PES University awarded scholarship amounting to Rs 3 crores and 15 lakhs to 4,558 meritorious students pursuing undergraduate programs in engineering, architecture, design and business administration and postgraduate programs in engineering. The university considers scholarships as an important source of motivation for continued excellence. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Jawahar, Pro-chancellor felt that the event was a celebration of merit which is nurtured and cherished by the university since inception. He gave an overview of scholarship initiative at the institution, starting from an amount of Rs 14,000 to 14 students in 1991. Today, the awards include Prof CNR Rao Merit Scholarships, Prof MRD Merit Scholarships, Distinction Awards, Rural Student Scholarships, Huawei Scholarships, Higher Education Scholarships and Travel Grants. Travel grants are given to students for participation in conferences and technical competitions. Higher education scholarships that are given to top 10% of students within 24 months of graduating demonstrate the institution’s commitment to excellence in education. He announced that the university has budgeted for Rs. 10 crores of scholarships for the next academic year. Dr M R Doreswamy, Chancellor observed that the purpose of education is about being good human beings. He pointed out that 70 students scored 10/10 and commended the faculty members for their efforts in guiding the students to excel. He reiterated the university’s commitment to the society and nation and shared the university’s undertaking of the renovation of 12 government schools in flood affected districts of Bagalkote, Chikkodi, Gadaga and Haveri. Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati reflected on the changing face of research with inter-disciplinary approach and blurring of distinction between work of scientists and engineers becoming key to solving problems we face today. He opined that teachers are facilitators in the outcome based education that we see today. He looked forward to active role of engineers in enabling India to achieve developmental goals identified by United Nations. Sri S. R. Umashankar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, GoK was felicitated by the university for his guidance and contribution to able administration of education in the state. Sri Umashankar in his address called upon the students to pursue their passion, and being involved in what they do irrespective of the field, sector or job they choose. Distinguished guest, Sri Hari Vasudev, Country Head & Vice President - Technology, Walmart Labs applauded the efforts of the faculty in inspiring the students to excel in their field of study. He underscored the role of technology which he felt is not just about improving speed and capability but about improving lives by empowering people. According to him one should learn to learn and stay equipped to deal with the fast paced changes and innovations. Empathy is a quality that students should nurture he felt, as that would help them create great customer experiences as professionals and understand the needs of the society to be good human beings. Dr K N B Murthy, Vice Chancellor in his welcome address introduced the dignitaries on the dais. Dr. V Krishnamurthy, Registrar and Dr. R Vasudevan Iyer, Controller of Examinations, presented the awardees. The occasion was a moment of pride for the meritorious students who were felicitated by the honourable guests and the management of the university.