Submitted by Subeditor on Thu, 2015-11-12 14:32 Manipal, November 12: The change of guards in the student council of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University took place here on Monday . It was for the first time that a formal investiture ceremony was held in the institution. While addressing the students on the occasion Manipal University Vice Chancellor Dr H Vind Bhat said that the kind of responsibility vested in the student council is unique being an agency that represents a much larger student body with a small administrative team. “This is an opportunity to become good leaders. Nobody is born as a leader. And to be a good leader it requires a few things which you have to learn yourself. There will be voices of dissent, but that should not deter you from doing things. Taking everybody into confidence is vital,” he said. He urged the student council to encourage students to take up research for which a student research forum was already in place in MIT. “Take part in all that comes in your way and contribute constructively. Also take part in student exchange programmes across universities and countries. Do a small stint in a university outside, get a good exposure there and come back without losing time,” he added. Superintendent of Police in Udupi District, Annamalai K told the students that this was a great opportunity for the students to learn and do a lot many things which they will never forget in their lifetime. “You may not remember what is taught to you in the classroom few years down the line, but everything you do outside classrooms, maybe organizing an event, the late nights you spend discussing and planning, are unforgettable. Also, the friendship which you are going to develop through the student council will be lasting.” G.K. Prabhu, the director, MIT welcomed the gathering. In his welcome speech he said that it was his vision to take MIT to the higher levels. “We are among the top 30 top engineering colleges in the country, but I would want MIT to be among the top 20 in three years and top 10 in five years,” he said. Dr BHV Pai Joint Director MIT, and Dr Veena Maben, Associate Director Student Welfare were also prsesent on the occasion.