President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said education doesn't simply mean passing examinations and holding degrees, but in true sense it means helping fellow human beings and sharing with them what we have. "It reminds us that the real value of education lies not in examinations and in degrees – but in how we learn to help fellow human beings and care for those who are less well-off or in need of what we have and can share with them," President Kovind said this while inaugurating the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas’ college, Thrissur in Kerala.
"I have always believed that the greatest service to God is to help another person, to heal another person and to spread the light of knowledge to another person. Your College is part of this noble tradition," the President said while hailing the motto of the college - 'Veritas vos Liberabit' or 'Truth will set you Free'.
"It is this mission that must continue to guide us as we strive to educate and build our society, and fashion the Kerala and India of our dreams," he added.
President Kovind said that by visiting the college he is following the illustrious footsteps of at least two of his predecessors - Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Sanjeeva Reddy had graced the diamond jubilee commemoration of the College and Abdul Kalam was present in 2008 during its 90th anniversary.
"Visits by such stalwarts were not a coincidence. They were recognition of the participation of St Thomas’ College in the public and intellectual life of Kerala and the rest of the country," President Kovind said.