Shibpur (West Bengal): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday called upon students to be proactive in building the society and asked them to channelise their energy and determination in addressing the problems faced by the nation.
"It is always a pleasure to be amongst young people. Your energy, determination, aspiration at this stage must be channelised, to address the problems that people of our nation are facing, in a result oriented manner," Mukherjee said, while addressing students during the 15th convocation ceremony of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) at Shibpur in the neighbouring Howrah district.
He urged to students to be proactive in society building as well as to help in preserving the traditions and heritage of the country.
"I take upon this opportunity to call upon you to be proactive in building our society but without forgetting our heritage and tradition of tolerance, mutual respect and inclusive approach in achieving our developmental goal," he said.
Emphasising on the need for continuous modernisation of the institution, Mukherjee said the students and faculty must continue collaborating with their national and international counterparts.
"The students and faculty members must continue regular interaction and collaboration with their counterparts in India and abroad.
"The university should focus in developing technology and making it consumer friendly that would always benefit the public," the president added.