VIT-CHENNAI CAMPUS –
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.