Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley stressed on the need to preserve the fast-depleting natural resources for future generations while speaking at the eighth convocation of KIIT University here on Sunday. “Continuous and limitless growth has depleted natural resources, which is limited. We have to understand that natural resources do not belong to us but also of our future generations as well. Obsession with growth has brought our environment and civilization to the brink and human beings have become absolute economic animals,” he said.
Thinley, who also received an honorary doctorate degree (Honouris Causa) from the university, said pursuing material prosperity at the cost of family, friends and environment has resulted in multiplicity of calamities. Climate change, natural disasters, new diseases, crop loss, food shortage, crumbling communities, increasing mental illness and suicides, economic and financial crisis, rising unemployment, depleting resources are all results of this disturbing trend.
“The world is in desperate need for change. We need to reclaim and revitalize the society from market forces. Society has become a market place and our value to society is only as consumers,” he said, urging students to become caring citizens, so that they could make India a country that can lead the world to a great future.
Promoting Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a development paradigm, Thinley said, it envisages in fulfilling the single most desire of every human being. “One needs to balance the need of body with that of mind. Happiness is a state of being and cannot be experienced unless people around you are in harmony.”
Apart from Thinley, The education minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ghulam Farooq Wardak, president of Hanseo University Dr Kee Sun Ham, noted economist and former vice chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Prof Baidyanath Mishra also received the Honouris Causa.
As many as 2,216 students were awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees at the convocation. Eighteen research scholars were awarded Ph.D degree.
Vice Chancellor of the university Prof P P Mathur said the university had taken initiative to give impetus to research on the campus. “More than 14 research projects from various national and international funding agencies have been sanctioned with a total budget outlay of over Rs 4 crore in the university. The university has achieved 100 per cent placement for the 2012 passed-out students,” he added.
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