World renowned scientist and recipient of the Bharat Ratna award Prof. CNR Rao delivered the endowment lecture on Monday, September 18 at Fr L F Rasquinha Hall, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangaluru. Rev. Fr Dionysius Vas SJ, Rector of St Aloysius Institutions presided over the function. Rev. Dr Praveen Martis SJ, Principal of St Aloysius College, Rev. Fr Pradeep Sequeira SJ, Finance Officer, Dr A M Narahari, Registrar and Dr Ronald Nazareth, the convener were present.
Prof. Rao conferred the Star Status to St Aloysius College (Autonomous) in the presence of the dignitaries. The college is the only co-educational institution in Karnataka, and one of the 16 colleges in the entire country till date to be conferred with this status. He also inaugurated the ‘Prof CNR Rao Instrumentation Center’ at the premises, to facilitate research in the discipline of physical science. Prof. Rao was felicitated, and was presented with a Note of Appreciation.
In his address, Prof. Rao stressed that an educational institution must provide an appropriate atmosphere to fuel one’s creative genius. “Examinations have destroyed education in India. Education isn’t an important thing. Examinations certainly are”, he remarked, stating that teaching is an art. An atmosphere of science is imperative to inculcate creativity in young minds. “The future belongs to the young, and we must serve them”, he stated. “Seventy million children in our villages need good, rewarding education. Else, the nation will succumb to anarchy. The future depends on whether we can do something beyond our call of duty”. His succinct address consisted of anecdotes about his inspirations in life – his mother, Sir C V Raman, and Michael Faraday. “Without failure, success has no meaning”, he opined. Commenting upon the college’s reputation as an institution commited to producing men and women for others, he suggested implementing extensively multidisciplinary courses to ensure that interested students are benefited. “Inspiration doesn’t always require understanding. My first reaction to the wonders of science was awe, followed by hard work”, he said, answering a query posed by a member of the audience. “Today, chemists can put their expertise to use in the frontiers of science by finding specific cures for cancer, solving the energy crisis and combating environmental pollution”, he extolled.
Rev. Fr Dionysius Vas SJ, Rector of St Aloysius Institutions delivered the Presidential address, remarking, “We are not cisterns for holding, but channels for sharing. Prof Rao has contributed immensely to science by simplifying concepts in his books.”
Students from schools and colleges in and around Mangaluru, faculty and administration of St Aloysius Institutions and members of the press composed of the audience.