Prof. K.Ramakrishna Rao, D.Lit.
Chancellor, GITAM University
As the head of the GITAM family, it is my pleasure to welcome you to GITAM University. GITAM has Gandhi in its name. Gandhi was inspired by the Gita. GITAM is inspired by Gandhi. Gandhi learned from the Gita that the ultimate goal of human quest is liberation. The true spirit of education, we learn from Gandhi, is liberation of the mind. For this reason, we believe that education is the best equalizer of all. It frees us from the prejudices of colour, creed and caste. It broadens one’s perspective from the narrowness of ‘I’ to inclusive ‘us’. It lifts us to reach heights of excellence. This is the kind of education that GITAM University is committed to promote. GITAM seeks to provide the necessary support system to enable its students to become scholars, scientists, engineers, leaders, and, above all, complete persons. We would like our teachers to be role models as truth-seekers and torch bearers leading our students to learn not only what is known but also explore the treasurers hidden and discover and disseminate knowledge that would enrich the humankind.
GITAM University is spread across three states. We have lovely campuses with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. We are proud that each campus is beautiful in its own way. Here in Visakhapatnam our picturesque campus is located in Rushikonda, literally the hill of the sages. Facing the sea in front and surrounded by hills on the sides, the serene setting is the place where technocrats are trained, managers are made and scientists are shaped.
We expose our students to humanities and social sciences so that our engineers do not function as heartless robots, but serve as mindful citizens; our scientists harness the natural resources without harming the environment, preserving and sustaining it so that it will sustain us; our leaders are not led by popular sentiment, instead they mold the public mind for the good of all. We instruct in yoga, and expose our students to varied thought systems of the world. GITAM boasts of the Center for Gandhian Studies which carries out advanced research in the areas of peace and nonviolence.
In GITAM’s alphabet, the five vowels – A, E, I, O, U – stand for Achievement, Excellence, Innovation, Outreach, and Upstanding. Therefore, we hope that all of you who join GITAM University would achieve, excel, innovate, outreach, and be upstanding.