Rourkela, Mar 21: “Never judge your success only in terms of material gains. You don’t have to limit yourself by the pressures of conventional notions of success and societal pressures. You need to figure out what you really want to do in your life. Choose to do what gives you satisfaction and meaningfulness. Do what takes you closer to your aspirations. Do what makes your families proud of you. Plan for yourself a fruitful and productive path ahead,” President Ram Nath Kovind advised students addressing the 18th convocation of NIT Rourkela today.
The stage of life in which you find yourself today is usually full of dreams and aspirations on the one hand, and uncertainties and apprehensions on the other. This is also the time to make major life decisions – starting a new job, pursuing your dreams, supporting your family, or starting a new one. While doing all this, I urge you all to introspect – what are the values and principles you stand for? What is the kind of career you want to pursue? By far the most important point of introspection is what kind of person you want to become? I am sure everyone wants to be a good citizen, a citizen who always keeps the interest of the country upper most in his mind, the President said in his address.
President Ram Nath Kovind, accompanied by First Lady Savita Kovind is on a two-day state visit to Odisha. The President arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here in a special plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday evening.
The President and the First Lady were welcomed by Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi, and other officials of the state government.
On Monday, the President will visit the Jagannath Temple in Puri besides visiting the Konark Sun Temple and the India Oil Foundation Trust Interpretation Centre in Konark.