A convocation ceremony sans black robes and graduation hats marked a unique day in the Jain (Deemed-to-be University) students’ academic lives for they achieved their educational degrees after years of hard work and commitment.
Wearing the scholastic formal attire, walking the stage to collect their degree authentications is a pivotal occasion in each scholar’s life which gives them a sense of pride. The professional courses and the knowledge they acquire through the same, enhances the commitments of each person to their individual associations of workforce. Chowdaiah Memorial hall became a witness to the nostalgia of closing an important chapter in the lives of many students, teachers and parents.
Chowdaiah Memorial hall was packed on 26th August 2019, with dignitaries, students, teachers, parents and alumni as the University hosted its 9th Annual Convocation Ceremony to the 2019 batch. Present among the dignitaries were Chief Guest Dr. K Sivan – Chairman, ISRO, Dr. C G Krishnadas Nair – Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Dr. Chenraj Roychand – President Jain University Trust, Dr. Sundararajan – Vice Chancellor JAIN, Dr. NVH Krishnan – Registrar, JAIN 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.
Dressed in ethnic attires as per the UGC guidelines of Convocation ceremony, graduates received their degrees in front of their parents, teachers, mentors and faculty members.
While, Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. N Sundararajan addressed the gathering welcoming everyone, Chancellor of JAIN Dr. CG Krishnadas Nair declared open the Convocation Ceremony.
Dr. K Sivan – Chairman, ISRO who arrived to the occasion as the Chief Guest motivated the students through his speech which inspired the young minds to reach a notch higher.
Congratulating and wishing all the graduates a successful career, Dr. K Sivan reminisced his graduation days and how he was always denied his first choice of education and career, yet managed to sail through the obstacles with determination. Quoting his life as an example the ISRO Chief, indicated that life and career are always not about making the best choices, but it is all about making the best of the opportunities available.
Disagreeing to the questioning mindset of India’s space programme in the face of its battle against poverty, the ISRO Chairman said that India was not a poor country and was doing well economically quoting the GDP of the country as compared to various other developing countries.
Speaking at the 9th annual Convocation ceremony, Sivan elaborated about the significance of innovations and asked the students to never scrap their crazy ideas as most of the finest inventions materialised from them. “Conquering personal fear, taking calculated risk and Innovation and rational thinking would play major role in your lives. An idea is just an idea if it is on the paper; Innovation is how you implement that idea. Innovations come with the risk of failure,” said Dr. K Sivan who further stated “You may be called crazy while implementing your ideas and also the initial outcome of your innovation may be imperfect, but don’t consider them as failures instead take them as opportunities.”
With this perspective, he did not forget to mention about the crazy idea of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, who predicted the prospective of space technology to renovate the country.
Taking the opportunity, the ISRO chief called for the nation’s youth to come together to use the country’s resources wisely for the benefit of the common man and solve the existing issues hindering the development of the nation.