Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that teachers play a pivotal role in educating the society and Google can’t replace Guru, while addressing a gathering at the 13th Convocation Ceremony of KIIT in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

He said, no doubt Google is important, but it can never replace guru (teachers) in the life of students.

“Hence the students should be grateful to their gurus and at the same time work to serve mother, mother tongue, and motherland.”

“There is nothing wrong in learning English, Hindi or French, (but) students should also be proficient in their mother tongue which comes from the heart and helps one to express his feeling better,” said the Vice President.

He said the country will grow when the higher education sector develops.

Naidu said that learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge is vital in today’s knowledge economy. The Vice President also said that all formal, non-formal and informal channels contribute to making us educated. , he added.

He advised the students to think outside the box and collect as well as connect facts.

Naidu, addressing a congregation of graduate, post-graduate and doctorate degree recipients said that you are among the 25% of our country’s youth who are enrolled in institutions of higher education. I compliment you on successful completion of the courses you have pursued in the University.

On convocation ceremonies, Naidu said that they are a moment of celebration. They are a moment of glory and satisfaction. Convocation is a moment of looking forward to a hopeful future.

He also urged students to acquire and utilise vast resources that are now more readily available than before: information and knowledge.

Naidu further said that we must revive and adopt this inclusive, welcoming world view. That is the best way to grow and bring back the lost glow on the face of our motherland, he added.

The Governor of Odisha, SC Jamir and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

(with agency inputs)