I have always been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King's statement, 'I have a dream' – a dream I believe will come true – a dream that my children will one day live in a world where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character'. This need for tolerance - to create an equal society with no discrimination in Caste, Creed or Colour was best exemplified in the words of Mahatma gandhi.,
"I do not want my institution to be walled off on all sides, I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my institution as freely as possible . But I refuse to be blown off my any one of them. Mine is not a religion of the prison house . It has room for the least among God's creations but it is proof against insolent pride of race, religion or colour."
And this I believe will be the watchword of each and every Shakthian.
We have been witnesses to the realization of such dreams by the achievements of legends like Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam–the 'People's President' and more recently by the President of the United states, Barrack Hussein Obama.
Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in his 'Three Visions for India' urges the youth to be aware of India's past greatness—to revive her to greater heights and make her a super power before 2020.
I too have a dream - a dream of a prosperous and healthy India.. I dream of an India, which shall awaken into the comity of nations with her head held high. Centuries before the British Conquest, our motherland was one of the richest nations in the world. As early as 300 years before the Christian era began, India had established trade with the Greeks and the Egyptians. Now, the mandate is with today's youth who can transform and liberate our nation from narrow domestic walls; to regain its lost glory and make our Indian flag fly high.
A nation is built in its educational Institutions. We have to train and build our youth in them. We have to impart to them the tradition of the future. And this is precisely what I dreamed to create through Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Sri Shakthi, to me, symbolizes 'creative, progressive power' – the dynamic, vibrant power of the youth! To ensure this , my vision for Sri Shakthi as an Institution of Excellence is to recruit the best minds of this region as the Staff for Sri Shakthi , because the kind of education that we at Sri Shakthi provide for our youth is determined by the kind of men and women we secure as Teachers; who , I believe will provide quality education , holistic in nature.
Education is the means by which the youth is trained to serve the cause of drastic social and economic changes. Institutions like nations become back numbers if they do not reckon with the development of the age .To choose 'The Right´requires a cultivation of the heart and the head. Any satisfactory system of education should thereby aim at a balanced growth of the individual and insist on both Knowledge and Wisdom. I have always believed that moral qualities and character building is of greater value than intellectual accomplishments alone.
It is my fervent desire that Sri Shakthi will aspire to inculcate in our youth, character and a democratic discipline and a 'change with continuity'- a present that is built on the foundations of the past . Besides this I dream of a youth being bestowed with the best skills required for nation building- Attitude, Aptitude, Proficiency, Efficiency, Personal effectiveness, Diligence, Reliability, Responsibility, Commitment, Dedication to the common cause of nation building.
I am positive that Shakthians would be a boon both to Industry and Organizations.
Dr. S. Thangavelu, Chairman