Master Blaster Suresh Raina gives pep talk to SRM Students
Kattankulathur, September 26: In a strong motivational speech, Indian
cricketer Suresh Raina told students to set their goals and work
to achieve them with a sense of purpose and enjoyment
“Just enjoy yourself, set your goals and achieve them with a smile, “
said Raina who was the guest of honour at the inauguration of the 13th
edition of Aaruush, the national level Techno-Management Fest at the
SRM Institute of Science and Technology. “If you have education, you
can achieve anything,” he said motivating students to enjoy their
One of India’s most successful cricketers who played in a One Day
International against England last year and has been out of action due
to an injury, showed how fighting fit he is as he strode the stage at
the Dr.T P Ganesan Auditorium on the Kattankulathur
campus with his customary swagger
and infectious enthusiasm accompanied by SRM Institute President Dr.
P. Sathyanarayanan, Registrar N Sethuraman, faculty directors and
“It is an honour to be invited for this tech fest at SRM and I just
love the energy of the students,” the left handed middle order batsman
said fielding queries from the audience with aplomb as he was asked
about when he would make a comeback to Team India and his future in
the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL squad led by former India Captain M.
S. Dhoni, Raina said he has recovered well and hoped to play for India
again soon. “Dhoni is fine and you will see him soon (with CSK),” he
Asked to speak a few words in Tamil by a student fan, Raina said,
“konjum konjum, Vannakam, Nandree (Little Little, Greetings, Thanks).
Raina also obliged another student who requested him to say ‘Whistle
Podu for CSK’ (Whistle for CSK Team). Over 6,000 students packed the
auditorium and their cheers sounded like a huge crowd in a cricket
Director, Research and Innovation Centre, Government of India, Dr. V.
Natarajan kicked off the 4-day event in which around 1000 students from
various colleges in the country would participate.
“SRM will launch a national wide sports festival soon”, announced
President of SRMIST, Dr P Sathyanarayanan.
Addressing students he said, “Aaruush 2019 is a grand fest. Aaruush
literally means a ray of hope( for future of students). This national
level techno-management fest is a big opportunity for students to
improve their knowledge. You must enjoy what you are doing. Without
enjoyment there cannot be involvement. Students should observe from
such events and find aspiration and innovation. Only through
innovation can you find a path to win.”
He also said that the event’s tagline ‘Rising in the Spirit of
Innovation’ should soon become a reality. “This fest is not just for
students but for everyone in the institution. The management will also
support to make this an international one.”
Aaruush convenor Dr. A. Rathinam introduced Raina urging students to
enjoy the experience of interacting with the Vice Captain of the CSK
Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal will be
the chief guest at the valedictory function of the Aaruush fest on
Sunday, September 29