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Mem­ber of the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC), Jus­tice D Mu­ruge­san, de­liv­ered the con­vo­ca­tion ad­dress at VIT Univer­sity’s Chennai cam­pus re­cently. He said that though we en­joy many ad­van­tages of so­cial me­dia on in­ter­net, ed­u­ca­tion, aware­ness and be­ing in­formed of var­i­ous good things in the world, en­hanc­ing our learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, our so­cial ben­e­fits and job op­por­tu­ni­ties, it has many neg­a­tive im­pacts as well.

“Con­stant use of so­cial me­dia might lead to ad­dic­tion, which is detri­men­tal to work, leads to lack of pri­vacy, vul­ner­a­bil­ity to crimes, propen­sity to be vic­tims, cy­ber bul­ly­ing and on­line ha­rass­ment. I am prompted to make a ref­er­ence to statis­tics on cy­ber crime rates in In­dia. In 2011 there were 13,301 in­stances of cy­ber crime re­ported in In­dia, it was 22,060, 717,780 in 2013; 1,49,254 in 2014 and 3 lakhs in 2015. In­dia is ranked third high­est in on­line cy­ber bul­ly­ing. These things must be kept in mind when you are on in­ter­net,” he said.

He said that most of the ills that the so­ci­ety faced to­day were be­cause of the easy course we have taken, hav­ing drifted away from fol­low­ing a proper value sys­tem and the con­se­quent loss of char­ac­ter.

“Let me as­sure you that the prac­tice of a proper value sys­tem and the path of right­eous­ness will al­ways brighten the in­tel­lect, be­cause with­out prac­tice of virtue, hu­man rea­son is not ca­pa­ble of growth,” Jus­tice Mu­ruge­san said.

VIT Univer­sity chan­cel­lor, Dr G Viswanathan, said that five lakh schools in In­dia had lim­ited stu­dents.

“Teacher ab­sen­teeism is one of the im­por­tant is­sues in school ed­u­ca­tion. In­dia faced a short­age of five lakh teach­ers in the school ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. The Union gov­ern­ment should fol­low the model of South Korea and Fin­land in the school ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he said.

Dr Viswanathan said that sev­eral med­i­cal as­pi­rants travel to coun­tries like Nepal and Philip­pines to pur­sue med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion as there were far fewer seats avail­able in In­dia.

Vice-pres­i­dent of Daim­ler In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited, T Narayanan, Vice-pres­i­dents of VIT Univer­sity – Sankar Viswanathan, Dr Sekar Viswanathan, G V Sel­vam, and As­sis­tant Vice-pres­i­dent, Kad­ham­bari S Viswanathan, also took part in the func­tion.

About 1,500 un­der­grad­u­ate, post­grad­u­ate and doc­toral stu­dents re­ceived their de­grees dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion.

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