Mangaluru, Aug 25, 2018: The nation needs a growth pattern based on intellectual ideas and knowledge economy, towards forming an innovation based society, opined Manipal Global Education Chairman TV Mohandas Pai.
He was delivering the key-note address at the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship award ceremony, organised by Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, at T V Raman Pai Convention Centre in Mangaluru on August 24, Friday.
University education in the advanced countries prepares students to develop innovative ideas. It is noteworthy that the knowledge and innovation based companies are in the forefront, he said.
“Konkani community has served various sectors. However, there is a necessity of a strong political power to represent the linguistic minority like Konkani community,” he added.
He also lamented that the linguistic minorities are not being provided its rightful share, compared to the religious minorities. Therefore, along with knowledge and economic powers, the Konkani community needs political power, to claim the constitutional rights.
All Konkani-speaking people should come together to be a part of the global community. Especially, the youth of the community should inculcate problem solving attitude and skills, TV Mohandas Pai said and called upon the people of Konkani community not to forget their language, wherever they go.
Integrity and intelligence : Goa Economic Development Corporation Chairman Siddharth Kunkolienkar felt that integrity should always complement intelligence.
“We are in a technology driven world and there are ample opportunities for youth,
provided they are competitive.”
Mangaluru South MLA D Vedavyas Kamath stressed the need for the students to fulfill their social obligations.
Scholarships worth Rs 3.5 crore were distributed to the deserving students from Konkani speaking community, on the occasion.
VKSSF Alumni Association President Nirosh Kumari handed over a contribution of Rs 13 lakh towards VKSSF fund on the occasion.
Vishwa Konkani Kendra President Basti Vaman Shenoy, Dubai based entrepreneur Michael D’Souza, Akhila Bharatiya Kharvi Mahasabha President K T Kharvi and Rajya Kudubi Samajoddharaka Sangha Secretary Narayana Naik were present on the occasion.
Scholarships provided : Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund (VKSSF) Chairman Ramadas Kamath U said that the VKSSF has provided scholarships worth Rs 18.21 crore so far.
As a part of the flagship programme, scholarships worth Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 per year per student are provided for those pursuing engineering and MBBS courses. A total of 4,067 engineering and MBBS students have been awarded with scholarships so far.
This year, the VKSSF will support the 584 engineering and 47 MBBS scholars. VKSSF supports the students pursuing postgraduation courses abroad by providing a scholarship of Rs 1 lakh per year per student and 35 such scholarships will be awarded this year. Leadership training programme ‘Kshamata’ will also be conducted for students.