Kattankulathur, September 26: In a strong motivational speech, Indian cricketer Suresh Raina told students to set their goals and work to achieve them with a sense of purpose and enjoyment
“Just enjoy yourself, set your goals and achieve them with a smile, “ said Raina who was the guest of honour at the inauguration of the 13th edition of Aaruush, the national level Techno-Management Fest at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology. “If you have education, you can achieve anything,” he said motivating students to enjoy their studies.
One of India’s most successful cricketers who played in a One Day International against England last year and has been out of action due to an injury, showed how fighting fit he is as he strode the stage at the Dr.T P Ganesan Auditorium on the Kattankulathur campus with his customary swagger and infectious enthusiasm accompanied by SRM Institute President Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Registrar N Sethuraman, faculty directors and student organizers.
“It is an honour to be invited for this tech fest at SRM and I just love the energy of the students,” the left handed middle order batsman said fielding queries from the audience with aplomb as he was asked about when he would make a comeback to l Team India and his future in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL squad led by former India Captain M. S. Dhoni, Raina said he has recovered well and hoped to play for India again soon. “Dhoni is fine and you will see him soon (with CSK),” he said.
Asked to speak a few words in Tamil by a student fan, Raina said, “konjum konjum, Vannakam, Nandree (Little Little, Greetings, Thanks). Raina also obliged another student who requested him to say ‘Whistle Podu for CSK’ (Whistle for CSK Team). Over 6,000 students packed the auditorium and their cheers sounded like a huge crowd in a cricket stadium.
Director, Research and Innovation Centre, Government of India, Dr. V. Natarajan kicked off the 4-day event in which around 1000 students from various colleges in the country would participate.
“SRM will launch a national wide sports festival soon”, announced President of SRMIST, Dr P Sathyanarayanan. Addressing students he said, “Aaruush 2019 is a grand fest. Aaruush literally means a ray of hope( for future of students). This national level techno-management fest is a big opportunity for students to improve their knowledge. You must enjoy what you are doing. Without enjoyment there cannot be involvement. Students should observe from such events and find aspiration and innovation. Only through innovation can you find a path to win.”
He also said that the event’s tagline ‘Rising in the Spirit of Innovation’ should soon become a reality. “This fest is not just for students but for everyone in the institution. The management will also support to make this an international one.”
Aaruush convenor Dr. A. Rathinam introduced Raina urging students to enjoy the experience of interacting with the Vice Captain of the CSK team.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal will be the chief guest at the valedictory function of the Aaruush fest on Sunday, September 29.