Distinguished members of the Board, Ladies and Gentlemen and my very dear students, Good evening to all of you!!! I am extremely happy to be here. I have realized in a hard way that Institute prepares you to be technically sound. It proves that all of you have reached a benchmark. But when you move out of this place, you will discover that it is entirely a new ball game outside. This is a closed environment; it is a safe environment. Life is not what it seems, everything is not rosy outside.
You will all discover that your technical skills have prepared you to be what you are today but there are certain other qualities which you must possess and which you must develop, if you have to succeed in the world outside. I am not going to talk to you about what you will do about the small scale sector in India, I am not going to talk to you about the direct benefit transfer, I am not going to talk to you about the spirit of entrepreneur inside all of you. All I am going to do is give you a little practical advice which will help you face the world.
I would like all of you to remember a few basic qualities which will make you better people. Remember, to succeed in life you will need far more than your technical skills. I want you to always remember certain basic qualities of human nature, which you must hold very near. I am sure that all of you have them. The first quality is integrity, the second quality is honesty, the third quality is loyalty and the fourth quality is to hold on to your basic goodness and your basic ethics which every human being has inside him or her.
At every step along the way, you will find that there are lot of incentives to take short cut.... a lot of incentive to cut corners. You can make a fast buck, you can fool the officers as they are already overloaded with work, you can bribe somebody. You can get something done. But believe me and this is something which has come from personal experience and the experience of the people I have seen around me, you will never skip easy.
I would like all of you for your own interest and the interest of your family to reach that stage in your mental development where you fall asleep, the minute your head hits the pillow. That can happen only when you have a conscience which is clear. Try to keep those values with you always. Be conscious to that which is wrong and stay away. You will notice in the long run that it pays. Remember, that only wise men learn from other people's experience. Try to copy the wise and the glorious. There is enough life experience around you which you can follow. I am telling you something based on my 34 years of exciting service.
One little mantra I have for you at the end. 'Be different, go out there, think differently, think out-of-the- box, allow your mind a free play. That is the only way you will make a difference. No one ever made a difference by following the beaten part which has been followed by generations before.' Many of you are passing out in family business management. But, family enterprise should not mean that you will go and join your father's or mother's business. Although your father and mother will tell you that this is the way we have done it from generations and this is the way you will have to do it, you do it differently. That is the only way you make a difference.
Perhaps you will fail but I would say- learn to ride. Even if you don't know how to ride, climb on to that horse. You will soon discover whether the horse is smarter or you are smarter. Be different, act different. That is the only way you are going to make a difference. This is a short mantra for success.
I have said these things from the bottom of my heart. You are all very dear to us. We have a sense of ownership over you. In your success, lies our happiness. I wish you all the very best in your life.
God bless you.