Changa (Anand): Values, knowledge and skills acquired in portals of education should be used to enhance not only the self, but also one’s region, state and nation at large, A.S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), said at the seventh convocation of Charusat University of Science and Technology on Monday.

“Look not only for material and physical development, but also for spiritual advancement,” said Kumar, who was the chief guest. “Values and responsibilities are essential; without them, acquired knowledge and skills can be misused.”

The Isro chairman also asked the graduating students to come up with solutions to global issues and to promote sustainable living through new inventions in science and technology.

A total of 1,941 students were conferred degrees on Monday—164 from the faculty of medical sciences, 333 in computer sciences, 156 in management studies, 101 in pharmacy, 193 in applied sciences and 994 in technology and engineering. Thirty-five students received gold medals.

Surendrabai Patel, the president of Charusat University, also addressed the graduating students, advising them on setting goals and following up on them with determination, building sound character and treating learning as a lifelong process.