Shri S.V. Ranganath
Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka

'Vichaarmanthan' an interactive session with global and Indian visionaries was organized by Kristu Jayanti College on 9th September 2014. The program was inaugurated in the presence of Shri S.V.Ranganath, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka; Rev Fr Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College; Shri. R Kumar, faculty, Department of Management and Shri Velmurgan, Staff Coordinator, Vichaarmanthan. The key note address for the event was delivered by Shri S.V Ranganath.

While addressing the gathering Shri Ranganath shared his experiences of being an IAS officer, where he had to take a major step during the 2009 floods, which devastated northern Karnataka. Under his guidance around 50000 people were rehabilitated, 80 lakh were supplied with food, victims were compensated with an amount of Rs 1.7 crore, and electricity and water supply were restored in 5 days’ time. Through his life experience he pointed out that a true leader is a person who does his job and sets an example for the rest to follow.

While showcasing the values of prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekanandha and Henry Ford he said “A leader is a person who leads ordinary people to do extraordinary things. A good leader should possess ability to build a team, lead it ahead with pride and most importantly the willfulness to take a stand whenever necessary". These traits become significant in a country overtaken by cynicism, pessimism and corruption, he further added.

In conclusion Shri Ranganath advised the gathering to believe in one’s self, to not regret your past and to be the best person today. To help students achieve success in their endeavors, he urged student to visualize success. As it was a key aspect of being successful in life.

In his address, Shri R Kumar, faculty, department of Management, said, "Talks such as these are instrumental in creating an impact on the minds of the students, if not all at least a few students will change and they would come up as good leaders in life.

"It was an inspiration to be in the session as he emphasized more on leadership qualities, which enriched me," said Maya, Student,Kristu Jayanti College.

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