Chief Justice of India Palanisamy Sathasivam on Friday urged the students to acquaint themselves with the fundamental rights and duties prescribed in the Constitution of India to create a better society.
He was addressing the students of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) during a visit to the campus. Remembering his childhood, Chief Justice said, “I used to cycle down to my school where we were imparted education in our vernacular language. We did not have facilities like air-conditioned halls.” He added that education plays a major role in building the character of a person and everyone should get the opportunity to study.
Praising the efforts of the KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta in providing free education to tribal children, he urged the university to strive for more. “Awareness is an integral aspect of the society. The under-privileged people need to know their rights to assert their positions in society,” the Chief Justice said adding that the university should aim at creating awareness to a far reaching audience beyond its own students.
He was accompanied by Supreme Court judge Dipak Mishra. Justice Mishra asked the law students to aim for presentation and presentability. “Precision here means logical understanding and analytical thinking. Presentability means that a student of law needs to be distinct from students of other streams and should abide by the conduct of law,” Justice Mishra said.
KIIT Founder Samanta, KIIT University Chancellor NL Mitra and Vice-Chancellor PP Mathur were also present at the event.