Mysore, Mar. 5 (RK&SH)- "Short-term happiness would lead to long-term difficulties," said former Chief Justice of Punjab-Haryana High Court Justice M. Rama Jois while delivering the convocation address at the 90th annual convocation of the University of Mysore at the Crawford Hall here this morning.

Justice Rama Jois, who had held the gubernatorial post in Bihar, gave a twist to the old saying about 'repenting in haste' and said that the fallout of the daily happenings on events such as Valentine's Day, are being witnessed.

People are bent on amassing money through undesirable means, ignoring dharma and violating the laws of the land. Moral values and probity are disappearing, he said and added that gratitude, honesty, respect for women are declining along with the desire for a simple life.

The right to education has been exploited only for happiness where it was required to build one's character. Intellectual, mental, moral and physical growth of individuals are necessary for a strong society, he said.

Governor-Chancellor H.R. Bhardwaj presided. Vice-Chancellor Prof. V.G. Talwar welcomed. Prof. Govardhan Mehta, National Research Professor and former Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, was conferred the honorary doctorate degree on the occasion.

Dr. Sukhdeo Thorat, Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi and Meira Kumar, Speaker, Lok Sabha, who were also to receive the honorary doctorate degrees, could not be present, due to prior commitments, according to University sources.

Of the 17,791 candidates who were conferred various degrees of the University in the convocation, women (9,715) outnumbered the men.

Ph.D degrees were conferred on 301 candidates. The degree certificates will be given to the recipients in a separate function at the Crawford Hall by the Vice-Chancellor later in the evening.

A total number of 177 candidates received 267 gold medals and 155 cash prizes, having secured ranks and distinctions in various examinations conducted by the University.

Registrars Prof. E.T. Puttaiah and B. Ramu as well as Syndicate Members were present. DCP B.R. Ravikanthegowda supervised Police bandobost at the venue.

Awardees of medals, cash prizes, joined by degree holders in large numbers were seen exchanging greetings among themselves on the lawns in front of Crawford Hall before they took part in the convocation. They presented a festive scene as they were getting photographed by more than 50 photographers in the open.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore