Manipal, Nov 26, 2015: CEO - Chief Executive Officer of Philips Innovation Campus, Bengaluru, M R Srinivasa Prasad spoke on the second day of the 21st convocation of Manipal University at KMC Greens Manipal. He said “Satisfaction from success is not about achieving, but about what you make of it,” About 800 students received their degrees on the occasion.
CEO Prasad shared some defining moments of his life with the students to make his point and spoke of the interesting challenges he overcame. He advised them not to compromise on core values. “Some of the basic values and beliefs that you have grown up with will come under attack. But never compromise on your core values come what may. Do what you love to do, but don’t forget to make a difference to people’s lives as you go along. This will set you on the right path to success,” he said.
CEO Prasad said that he drew inspiration from his father, a retired professor from the Indian Institute of Science. As a student he was average in studies. But he loved to play cricket and listen to cricket commentaries. He even failed in class due to his love for the game. But, his parents encouraged him to believe in himself and work harder.
“My ambition was to become a scientist and I wanted to continue playing cricket. That was a challenge and a defining moment in my life,” he said.
He said that he hated Physics at one point of time and was one of the reasons for his failure in a mid-term exam. But it became his favourite subject later. “I eventually became an electronics engineer. Then I wanted to complete my postgraduate studies to pursue my dream of becoming a scientist,” he said.
He said balancing cricket and a career was never easy. His advice to the students was to take calculated risks and learn from failures. “Don’t forget to be a student all your life. You will need to work hard to climb up the career ladder,” .
Gold medals : Three students were presented gold medals on the occasion. They were: Rashmita Mohile, (BHM, Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration), Tenzin Yangzom (B.Sc. Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Mangaluru) and Aalok Jairaj Varma (B.Sc. Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences).
H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, Poornima Baliga Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Parvadhavardhani Gopalakrishnan, Principal of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, were present.