Be a rebel to change the world, said eminent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur on Thursday to 250 graduating students of the premier design institute, National Institute of Design (NID). Loud applause greeted the graduating students ready to step out into the professional world at NID’s 33rd convocation. Kapur, chief guest of the event, emphasised on nurturing the rebel within. “Those who don’t rebel, can’t change the world. So, be a rebel. Happy rebellion,” said Kapur.
He also urged them to continue ‘playing’ as it enhances creativity and innovation. He said that as they step out of the academic institute, students should not feel that ‘playtime is over’. “All the creative, innovative, out-of-the-box ideas come from playtime,” he stressed.
Bringing up the issue of the Delhi gangrape, he said that seeing so many girls graduating with a smile, made him feel emotional. “A woman is seen as strength and a symbol of spirit,” he said. He felt a rebellion was necessary to change what had happened in the country.
Chairman of NID’s governing body and CMD of Mahindra and Mahindra, Anand Mahindra and director of the institute, Pradyumna Vyas, also encouraged the students.
Mahindra in his speech said there were three battles in life where design played an important part.
“First being the workplace. No product is a success without good design and so we have made good design a religion at our office. Second is public landscape and the third is family. Fortunately, now you don’t have to be a rebel to study design,” he said.
Vyas in his speech shared the achievements of the institute and different projects undertaken in the year 2012. The governing body of the institute and faculty members were present at the convocation.