Value erosion, lack of fear of law leading to deviant behaviour: VP

Raj Kamal Rao
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, April 16, 2018.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, April 16, 2018.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that complete degeneration of values and the absence of fear of law are obviously leading to deviant and crooked behaviour among the people. Addressing management students at the Convocation of IIM Shillong on Monday, he said is important to adhere to values of honesty, integrity, truthfulness and adopt the best practices.

Corporate ethics should not be violated, the Vice President said in his remarks addressing the young management graduates.

“I would like you to always remember the seven sins mentioned by Mahatma Gandhi—wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principle,” he said.

The Vice President also advised the students to possess strong character, uncompromising honesty and integrity, ethical values, patience and a sense of gratitude as they further their career prospects.

Never forget that you will not only impact the lives of people in your organizations but also the lives of many others, who depend on the livelihood of your direct employees, he said.

Saying that qualities like gratitude, empathy and concern for fellow human beings seem to be missing in the modern world of materialism and consumerism, he said that one must develop an attitude of caring and sharing.

The Vice President told the future managers that the quality of product, efficient service and ethical business practices are the hallmark of a positive global brand. Every decision taken by you as a thought leader should bear testimony to these qualities, he told the students.

The Vice President said that education is not only for employment, but also for enlightenment and empowerment. He has also asked management institutions like IIMs to give priority to research publications. Step up focus on research, he said.