Thursday, April 11, 2013
“Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of fire”
Welcoming the Chief guest, Honourable members from the DG Vaishnav College, awardees, the Members of Medical Research Foundation, Vision Research Foundation and the Sankara Nethralaya family, Ms.Sudha Mohan, Sr.Manager, HR, aptly quoted William Butler Yeats who said “Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of fire”, to ignite the passion of learning and acquire knowledge. She complimented Lion Sri Haridas, Secretary, DG Vaishnav College and member Board of Governors, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy for his initiative in conducting a Basic Computer Training program for Sankara Nethralaya employees at the DG Vaishnav College.
Col.N.Raghavan, Projects, Sankara Nethralaya, Introduced the Chief Guest, Sri.V.R.Gopalakrishnan, Senior Journalist and profusely thanked him for gracing the occasion, he recalled his long and interesting association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He highlighted that a prolific writer and thinker, Sri.Gopalakrishnan was a man endowed with a rare quality that coupled scholarly education and politeness. He mentioned that the immensely popular Rama’s café at Kanchipuram belonged to Sri.Gopalakrishnan’s family and he has very magnanimously offered their Sri Rama buildings at Greams Road for the operation of the Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center at a highly subsidized rent.
Starting off with a Prayer to Lord Ganesha, the Chief guest, Sri.V.R.Gopalakrishnan, said he felt diffident, but chose to attend the function because of the long association he had with Dr.SS.Badrinath dating to the early 70s. He highlighted the juxtaposition of events and called it divine persuasion when Dr.SS. Badrinath was called on to operate upon the Paramacharya and how he played host when the Badrinaths stayed for a week at Kanchipuram. Sri Gopalakrishnan hailed Dr.SS.Badrinath as an expert in treating vitreous haemorrage with the help of a Xenon laser, which was scarcely available in India then and how the veteran used this to advantage while treating him.
Shri Gopalakrishnan was torrential and inexorable in his anecdotes, exhaustively quoting scriptures of Thayumanavar, Appudhi Adigal, Koorathazwar and Adhi Sankara he touched upon Paramacharya’s astuteness which brought upon cosmic frequency in every aspect beyond his philosophy and doctrines. Sri Gopalkrishna deftly quoted Adi Shankara’s Bhaja Govindam, wherein the sage admonishes manhood as “Moodamathe”, that no matter how scholarly one were, liberation was only through wisdom and one must pursue that path through Karma, Bhakthi or Gnana and by being selfless in service like Dr.SS.Badrinath.
Dr.SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus introducing Lion Shri P. Haridas, Secretary, DG Vaishnav College, said that he was a humane personality, a legal luminary and a charismatic man who founded many educational institutions. He was profusely thankful for the initiative that Shri Haridas had taken to train Sankara Nethralaya employees at the DG Vaishnav College. He showered encomiums for the steady support Shri Haridas rendered for the Television production of Sankara Nethralaya programs.
Distributing the certificates to employees who had undergone “Basic Training in Computer education”, Dr.S.Narasimhan, Principal, DG Vaishnav College and Dr.T.Santhanam, Head of the Computer Science Department, echoed that their institution traversed beyond the realm of education and training, to being resourceful in the interest of the community by prominently associating with NGOs for transcending education both to the public and engaging in projects such as “Green Club”.
A total of 67 certificates were distributed to Sankara Nethralaya employees who had successfully completed the basic training programme. The function also witnessed awarding of service recognition certificates to Sri.Suresh Kumar, Projects for his dedicated involvement in the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya project and Sri.Narasimhulu, House keeping department for his exemplary integrity shown in promptly handing over a lost wallet containing money.
The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Sri.Sampath Kumar, Head, IT and Systems, Sankara Nethralaya.
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu