The Day has finally arrived (If you think I am talking about the World Cup, then my apologies!) I am talking about the meet that I was invited to talk on. To give a gist of the meeting. It was a Symposium organised by the RMD Group of Institutions where students of MCA all over Tamil Nadu were invited for the meet and presiding this meet was a great honour for me. I was also asked to release a newsletter for the Institution and it again gave me a great privilege in doing so.
Accompanying me to this meet were Mr. Prabhu, Placement Officer, RMD Group of Institution and Mr. Harishankar, Added Values.
As I stepped in the campus a sweet shock was awaiting me. There was this huge banner welcoming me and I was overwhelmed with happiness and sense of shock at the same time. Well as per the Institutions custom, we were whisked away for a sumptuous meal, and what a meal it was! Well as someone said the stomach must be filled to impart and receive any form of education and this was the custom followed by the Institution. I was welcomed with an honouring by the Institutions Principal and the Dean. The meet kick started with the Principals and the Dean’s speech. Now it was my turn and I was faced with this vast audience of students, who seem to be all ears for any information that would make a difference to their forthcoming years. . I was engulfed by a sense of overwhelming responsibility to feed these hungry ears! It was then that I decided that I would speak from my heart.
I expressed my happiness at the honour extended to me by inviting me to preside this meet and in inviting me to release the Institutions newsletter, called ‘Reflexions’. As I said earlier, I had decided to speak from my heart and what I felt! And here is what followed:“ All of you (Students) could not have been at a better place and better time. You have chosen the right Institution and are at the country, at the right time. There is tremendous growth taking place globally and India will be and is a part of this ongoing growth process. In a few years time India will take a great leap and would be rechristened as the “developed economy” and will not carry the tag of “developing” country any more. This transition is a huge one and all of you must be happy that you would be a part and taking part in this transition”. My only request for the students was that the students must think big and large. For It is only by dreaming big that one could go forward. To attain this there are a few steps that they need to follow: They need to write down as to where they see themselves in ten years down the line; Twenty things that they would like to accomplish (even if it is the most silliest of goals!), since only by realising their aspirations that the big picture comes forward; The goals must be prioritised (i.e what comes first and what comes next); They need to prepare to accomplish these goals; and to bring these goals forward the students (in fact everyone) must dream big!
Well having said about aspirations and goals, I would like to make one more point clear. The future generation must not dream about being in the United States or ‘settling anywhere abroad’ as their goal. In fact they are needed to accomplish a lot in this country and must always envision themselves as an entrepreneur and not as an employee. The day is not far off when our own employee’s salary would equal their counterparts in the United States (or any developed economy in the world). The day is also not far off for the citizens of United States to vie with each other for Indian visa and citizenship, for this country can offer a lot to both its citizens and others. Time has come for all the next generation to realise this and make this dream possible. It is required that each young mind carries our great Presidents vision forward and make this Country as one of the most developed economy and for all this one requires to dream and dream big and start working towards their dream!
When each mind thinks of conquering the world then sky is the limit. Aspiration and drive is all that takes to carry this goal forward. Well having putforth my views and visions I wished that the students don’t take this as a mere speech and really give a good thought about this. As far as I could see my views seems to have hit the target and this I could hear from the applause I received. This was really an exhilarating experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and thanked the RMD institution for giving me an opportunity and honouring me for the same.
My heartfelt gratitude to Dr. V.C. Veera Reddy, the Principal, Dr. K. Dharmalingam, Dean of RMD Group of Institutions, and the students
Think Big, Dream Big!