India as a country is fighting a long-drawn battle against corruption but somehow it is failing to overpower it because it is a deep rooted menace. The only hope is that the future generations, which if guided properly about the harm it is causing, will be able to combat this disease. This was what Supreme Court Judge, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, said while dwelling on the issue of corruption at the Panjab University’s convocation function on Saturday in Chandigarh.
He urged the students of the law department to be incorruptible and never compromise the issue of honesty and integrity.
“Two things — being incorruptible and integrity — will give you a sense of honour and fulfillment in life,” he said.
Justice Khehar, who is also an alumnus of the Panjab Univeristy, recalling his student days, said that he could say from his experience that bookworms rarely make it to the top in life. “I strongly feel that mediocre students become more successful in life.”
“I owe everything to the teachers and faculty of the law department. For eleven years, I came here every day and the university transformed me. It polished my thinking faculty and enabled me to spot the difference between wrong and right. As a lawyer, that’s all you need to do,” he said.
However, Khehar was also of the view that the lawyers in today’s world of globalisation need to think beyond the jurisdiction and have a broader vision in mind. “In order to become accomplished lawyers, they need to have overall knowledge of science, philosophy and history, he added.
“When I used to teach here, I used to get paid Rs 600. With that money we would go to the movies and restaurants,” Khehar said while recalling the time spent in the varsity.
“It was just an amazing time,” he added.
October 1 also marks the birthday of the university.
The university was recommended on this day in Shimla in 1947 and is also the birthday of former dean of Faculty of Law Gk Chatrath. More then 600 Students were given degrees on Saturday and the toppers from 2014- 2015 batch were rewarded with Rs 5,100 in cash. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar was the guest of honour at the convocation.