The Annual Convocation of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) was a repertoire of several triumphs. Here is a look at the ceremony
It was a special day. Black robes and caps, colourful attires, smiles and laughter, the band playing their piece in the background, selfie moments, proud parents, and a general upbeat mood marked the day. Convocation always brings with it excitement and nostalgia. For the teachers, to see their students and for parents, to see their children graduate and receive their degree is indeed a special feeling.
The Seventh Annual Convocation of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) was held at the Jain Global Campus. The programme was attended by Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University); Dr.C.G Krishnadas Nair, Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University); Dr. N.Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University); members of the Board of Management, Academic Council, Planning and Monitoring Board, and Board of Studies; Deans of Faculties, Directors of Schools and Centres of Jain (Deemed-to-be University); faculty and non-teaching staff members, and the parents and guardians of graduating students.
Dr. N. Sundararajan welcomed the gathering. “It is a day of celebration for students who are going to receive their degrees. It is also an occasion for them to look back at the struggle and hard work they have put in to earn their meritorious credentials and appreciate the sense of responsibility, commitment, dedication, discipline and values which the University instills in its students.” He also presented a brief overview of the achievements and activities of the University during the previous year, and shared the plans for the coming academic year.
The chief guest was Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India, who, due to unavoidable circumstances, was unable to attend the programme. The convocation message by Mrs. Sitaraman was delivered by Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Reading out the special message, he said, “Success is a flighty companion. It does not stand by a person’s side until and unless one is assiduous and is willing to give it all that he/she possesses. As individuals all of you are poised for success and as a country we are already succeeding. However, opportunities come with challenges. It is estimated that the world is going to be hit by a population of 10 million. The question of how these 10 million are going to be clothed, fed and sheltered is something that faces all of us not just the world leaders. And finding a solution to that is going to be the real test of your intellect.”
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Chenraj Roychand shared some of his beliefs and ideas, and mantras for success that have helped him and hoped that these would help the students in their journey. Quoting Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, poet and philosopher, who said, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour,” Dr. Roychand told the graduating students, that the next sojourn of theirs will help them evolve, elevate and empower themselves. “Opportunities await you in the careers you have chosen but it depends on how you look at it and make things happen. We often forget and take for granted the obvious things around us. College education is all about learning how to think, exercising some degree of thought and knowing how they affect our realities.”
This year the convocation saw 2,488 candidates receive degrees in various disciplines including 19 M.Phil and 96 Ph.D graduates. 58 gold medals and 119 rank certificates were awarded to meritorious students.