PES University organized an interactive session of students with Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. Jaishankar on their campus on Aug 12, 2022. He also inaugurated PESU 52 an Incubation Centre to nurture student ideas that also leads to startups. Later addressing the students he said that he was very happy that students of the University from various academic Programs come together with innovative ideas. He felt that It was necessary and a requirement for the young generations to be aware of what is happening around the world in addition to their domain knowledge. Dr. Jaishankar said that India, has a democratization process is in place and many Ministers in the present cabinet come from very humble and struggling backgrounds. He praised the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi for this and its effect can be seen in the changes happening in the country. He mentioned that some basic expectations of people have changed and owning a home today has not been distant dream which has become a reality. He was happy that India was able to successfully vaccinate 2 Billion people and was the first country in the world to introduce digital certificates for those vaccinated. He said that our vaccination program was at par with the vaccination process in the world and achieved it more efficiently than most developed countries. We need to understand that the entire world is watching modern India and any foreign policy is to secure the country in difficult times and be good with other countries during sensitive periods. The present Indian foreign policy is more focused and contributes in the best interests of the people. Dr. Jaishankar provided many examples of the best Indian foreign policies in the recent past and said that the country is deeply connected to the world now than a decade back. He mentioned that Sri Narendra Modi wants the world to open up for India for the betterment of Indians in the long run. He later participated in the Q&A session with students and patiently answered the queries raised by students on issues ranging from job prospects in the ongoing recession in the world market to the impact of the present China-Taiwan conflict.
In his presidential address, the Chancellor of the University and Advisor on educational reforms, Government of Karnataka, Dr. M.R. Doreswamy expressed pleasure on the presence the EAM Dr. Jaishankar in the University. Dr. Doreswamy appreciated Honorable Prime Minister Sri Modi for selecting Dr. Jaishankar to be the External Affairs Minister and said that India is today on top of the world map.
Dr. J. Suryaprasad, Vice Chancellor of the University presented the welcome address and Dr. K.S. Sridhar Registrar delivered the vote of thanks. Prof. Ajoy Kumar, Chief Operating Officer of the University was also present on the occasion.