NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE NEED OF THE HOUR
ORGANIZAED BY DEPT. OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMICS, GURU NANAK GIRLS COLLEGE, MUKTSAR. 18.3.2017.
INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY DR J.S. ANAND, CHIEF GUEST AT THE INAUGURAL FUNCTION.
I express my gratitude to the Managing Committee, the Principal, and the faculty of this college, as well as the Dept. of Economics and Commerce for their kind gesture to invite me for this event.
The very mention of this College carries a great prestigue. I congratulate you for ensuring fairly high standards of education. It is always very good for an institution if people say Oh.. that College.
I find a privilege to be addressing this elite gathering of economists and management professionals. Both of these are key areas of human activity. I often believe that, before being a social animal, man is an economic animal. To fulfill his needs, he creates a society and then so on.
The topic of this seminar is Entrepreneurship. Certainly it is about having a good business. I want you to focus on the word ‘good’. Good also mean ‘lucrative business’. And this is what it generally means. But I have another dimension of this word in mind. ‘Good’ means ‘Shubh’ also. SHUBH LABH. Do you remember the chest of the old shopkeeper in which there is a Swastik and it is written SHUBH LABH.
It is strange that now, all our economics and management studies focus on ‘Labh’, profit, gain. From shops to Malls is a big jump upwards, but from genuine manufacturers of wealth like Hero group, to Vijay Mallya.. is a ‘fall’ my countrymen. Where our studies are leading us to? Knowledge is neutral, it all depends on man how he uses his knowledge. But it is a pity of our civilization that it takes one steps towards wellness of humanity, and two towards its cumulative destruction.
We have systematically destroyed the ethical fabric of our society. There are courses in Business Ethics. Even Hospitals are required to have an Ethical committee. These are good signs, but our real life scenario is dismal. The doctor is interested in disease, the lawyer is interested in crime and the educator is interested in ignorance.
I want to tell you a story how we have destroyed our systems. There was an old businessman who sold water melons. He would call the small children of the village and give them the best of the crop. The children would feel joyous, enjoy the fruit, but they were asked to put the seed in a small jar. It was actually his free child labour who created the best seed for the next crop. He used to export it too. But after sometime, his son arrive d with an MBA degree. The father died and the son decided that where is the need to give the best crop to the children to eat? So he sold off the best crop and gave the children second rate crop. Now, he had seed of a second rate. The first rate had gone. He sold it in the market, and then, gave the children the third rate fruit to eat. Second rate was also gone. And now, there was only third rate in the market. His demand decline. No exports. And after ten years, the entire area became barren.
This is what is happening in our education. We must preserve the first quality seed. What you are doing in the classes? How much love is there? How much involvement? Are you careful that some students are really genius and are you giving them attention they need to excel? Should we focus on ‘gain’ only? Is there nothing like ‘good’ [SHUBH]in our society?
It is really very sad that our education is focused only on jobs. Every students who is studying wants jobs. The English who introduced this education system wanted ‘babus’. Even today, we have not been able to get rid of this obsession. We are producing young men who want to do slaving for others, not young men, with independent minds, and sharpened brains, who can take up innovation. It has turned India into a country of average people.
We have scant regard for the genius. We make no allowance for them. If a student is very good in mathematics, and fails in English, we force him to take tuition in English and waste his time which he might have put in pursuing Mathematics, a subject which he excels in. We need a re-look into the wrong priorities of our system. INNOVATION we are afraid of. Jobs create a comfort zone. And we run after them. Education has four stages: Information, Knowledge, Wisdom and Light. Our education stops at Knowledge. Our educated people lack wisdom. Light is a far cry.
Where are we headed? Are we really rising? Is this civilization growing or marching towards its end? Look at what you are doing. For this cosmos, what you are doing is important. And what you are not doing is also important. We are human beings first, and then, teachers, and then, businessmen. It is not good if we become businessmen at the cost of our humanity.
I would also like to mention here the name of great steel king of America: Andrew Carnegie. Who said that he would earn upto the age of 35 and then he would start spending his wealth on society. Why? Because it comes from society. To society it must go. And, after 35 years, he left business, and started opening schools colleges libraries and research foundations. He believed that when you die, there should not be a penny in your bank account. Give every back to society. This is also a businessman. GOOD BUSINESSMAN.
So, dear scholars, I wish you all success in your mission of teaching. Entrepreneurship with a human Centre. This is what I wish you to imbibe.
Once again, I thank you all, particularly, this Principal and the staff, and all of you who have listened to me peacefully.
DR J.S. ANAND
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