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Life rewards those who engage in life-long learning: Pez Mukherjee
Congratulating the successful graduates of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur, on the fourth convocation of the institute on April 17, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in his released text of the address said, "Convocation signifies the culmination of the phase of formal education. It also symbolizes the beginning of a new journey where the knowledge you have gained and the skills you have acquired will be put to sterner test. You will achieve success but at times you may face adversity. It is in mitigating those trying circumstances that you will prove your mettle. Your discipline, commitment and determination will help you navigate through difficult terrain."
Stating that life rewards those who engage in life-long learning, Mukherjee urged the graduates not to stop learning as there was knowledge to be gained everywhere and almost every day from life. "I am confident that the students who have earned their degrees today will take part in nation-building of this great country in a meaningful way," he said.

 Informing the audience that the Government of India also plans to start SWAYAM or Smart Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds courses in OPEN, that is, Online Platform for Education mode from 2015-16 for all learners interested in acquiring additional skills, he suggested that IIMs could partner with IITs and identify research goalposts that may have larger social relevance since research and innovation were the cornerstone of any academic endeavour.

He also called on the academic institutes to be dynamic and hands-on in facing emerging challenges along with an optimal use of technology tools like e-classrooms and on-line learning. "We must also be pro-active in developing a management research culture in the country for which IIMs need to collaborate with best of institutions in the world," he added.

 "If the targets of eradication of poverty, health for all, education for all, power for all and higher living standards for all are to be achieved in the near future, it is our youth who must rise to the challenge. Strive hard not only to achieve your goals but also to make this country a better place for everyone who lives here," concluded Mukherjee while wishing a bright career and fulfilling life ahead to the successful graduates.
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