Prof. S. Krishnaiah M.E., Ph.D.(IITB)
Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man …….Swami Vivekananda
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA) is located in the Anantapur district which is considered as one of the backward districts of Andhra Pradesh. It governs the affiliated colleges located in the four districts of Rayalaseema region and Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district. The region is known for its rich heritage.
JNTUA, being the technological university in the state of A.P. has a major role to play. Its responsibility has been increased after bifurcation of the state. Professional students are the stalwarts of the science and technology and guardians of rich tradition with modernization.The state is looking at JNTUA for various technological innovations which can improve the quality of life. Our university is making tremendous progress not only in the technological front but also in molding the students as responsible citizens of the Nation.
JNTUA has made remarkable progress in the last 10 years. It has changed itself from the budding university to a globally competitive university. It has collaborated with many foreign universities and is offering the collaborative courses. It is also offering the courses in association with industries. While proving as one of the best technological universities, JNTUA has won the laurels in social service also by achieving the best university award under National Service Scheme from the President of India. It is providing placement opportunities to all the students of its jurisdiction and it is also preparing the students as future Entrepreneurs.
The university has witnessed drastic changes in the last four years. Roads were widened and big efforts have been made in beautification of the campus. Besides having State-of-the-art technology, JNTUA has the NTR auditorium with a seating capacity of 1200 for transacting academic activities. Examination block, Siemens centre of excellence, and Dassault systems 3D-Experience centre are established. Lecture hall complex, Pharmacy building, and university admin building are fast coming up.
As rightly said by Martin Luther King, Jr., “the quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” Life gives everybody the opportunity to live well and contribute to society. I must be thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to serve this university as Registrar. I hope I have made some contributions. I may not be the best but I am happy I have made an indelible impression on the progress of the university. Within my own limitations, I have tried to help everybody in the university and use their services for the progress of the university. The things which really matter at the end of life is contentment, satisfaction and peace.
The Alumni of JNTUA are a treasure to cherish. I am really proud of our alumni who rose to top positions in their chosen fields. Great strides have been made by them towards progress of our university and serve as role models for current students.
Friends, particularly students, your passion should come from the things which fuel you from inside. All the material things will never make you happy because there is always somebody better than you. When you have a burning desire inside, you stop comparing yourself with others. This is essential because you are uniquely and wonderfully made in this world. Students, the four/two year period that has been carved out of your lives by society has given you identity, freedom, and opportunity that will never come back to you. Utilize this opportunity and let it be a pivot which changes your life for betterment and enables you to contribute to the welfare of the society.
Please remember you have come to the university not just to get grades and degree but it gives you the ability to think, read, speak and articulate. Ability to do all these is the greatest gift given to you by the university which subsequently earns you authority and respect which you deserve from the society. To quote Grace Hopper, “The ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” Students, you are on a heroic mission and for you and the society, both the end and the path are tremendously important.
I wish you all the best to all the stakeholders.
Prof. S. Krishnaiah