Dr Kiran Bedi, the first female IPS officer and current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, said students should invest in time and not waste it.
Speaking during a webinar organised by Shoolini University on Thursday evening, Dr Bedi urged students to run the extra mile and prepare themselves for an enriched and fulfilling life.
A former national tennis player and winner of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, Dr Bedi initiated the talk by asking everyone to utilise the time available during the lockdown to prepare for life. She emphasised that priority should be given to mental, physical and spiritual health, adding that education that did not enhance spiritual capacity or awareness towards the system was not complete. “Education is knowledge, it is all about your skill set, it is how you become a better human being, how you become self-reliant and possess a value system. It’s not just about passing examinations,” she stressed.
During the fascinating hour-long webinar hosted by Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla and Ms Poonam Nanda, Dean Student Welfare, Dr Bedi addressed multiple issues and answered questions related to her early life, career, and priorities.
Responding to a question about gender bias, she said she too faced it, but always stood up for her rights, was vocal about it and questioned every injustice.
She is the founder of two non-profit organisations, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, that serve the community. A PhD holder, if she were not an officer, she would have loved to be a practicing lawyer or a professor, Dr Bedi smiled.
Talking about the COVID-19 crisis, the former IPS officer regretted that had China alerted us about the impending pandemic earlier, the world could have been saved.
She concluded the webinar by advising students to follow the path of right thinking and right lifestyle. She also promised to visit the Shoolini University campus soon.