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Special Convocation

Honorable Vice- President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

“The vision of higher education in India is to realize the country's human resource potential to its fullest with equity and inclusion”.

Calling on the graduating class at SRM University to be conscious of social structure, national outlook, culture, heritage and respect of parents and teachers, the Vice-President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu quoted Mahatma Gandhi saying that education without character is worthless. “You must have character, calibre, capacity, conduct and compassion. These five “C”s are very important. Instead what we often see are three “C”s: caste, community and cash”.

“Education is the single most important element in converting our young population into national assets. If the younger generation of our nation is empowered, it will constitute a very strong and productive workforce for the coming years”, he exclaimed. He focused on how higher education in India is passing through a phase of expansion, marked by an outburst in the volume of students and an expansion in the number of institutions and rise in the level of public funding. The Vice- President of the Country expressed the enormity of the challenge of providing equal opportunities for quality higher education to ever-growing number of students as a historic opportunity for correcting sectoral and social imbalances, reinvigorating institutions, creating new milestones and extending the frontiers of knowledge.

“By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit”, said the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He also added that, education which does not mould character can be termed as worthless. He also referred to the Mahatma that character is the most important quality for an individual to discover the right path. Or else the danger of an individual going astray despite having the privilege of getting educated in one of the best educational institutions remains intact. He thereby quoted the revered Tamil poet and philosopher, Thiruvalluvar that the life of an uneducated man is empty and useless as is like a barren land.

The Vice President maintained that education is more important for enlightenment and empowerment but the vision of education is to realize a greater access to people especially the vulnerable sections. And at a time when multi-tasking has become very important to meet the global competition, it has become imperative for teachers to update their knowledge and quickly learn Information and Communication Technology. “The new ideas and curricula must be relevant to the digital age. Everything must be on line; or you will be standing in the line”, Shri Naidu remarked.

The Special Convocation for the year 2017 set forth in the prestigious presence of dignitaries like Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the Honourable Vice President of India, Shri Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor of Tamil Nadu and Shri Thiru. K. P. Anbalagan, Minister for Higher Education, Tamil Nadu. The guest marched in with the delightful tune of “Kadam Kadam Barhayein Jaa”, played by the band from Tamil Nadu Police Department which was followed by the National Anthem and singing of the University Anthem, after the guests have taken their seats on the dais. The Convocation presented degrees to 2 students from Ph.D., 942 students of Post- Graduate Programs, 1019 students of Under- Graduate Programs, 1306 in- person and 659 in Absentia. On this day as many as 6000 diploma, under graduate, post graduate and doctoral students in various disciplines from the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Science and Humanities, Medical and Health Sciences and Management received their degrees and about 185 students were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their outstanding academic achievements.

Honourable Chancellor initiated the Convocation by delivering the welcome address to the house full of dignitaries and students. He expressed his regards to the presiding guests for elevating the aura of the occasion. Speaking about the multi-disciplinary universities, he made a point on SRM being one such and highlighted the excellence of SRM in the educational sector. Honourable Chancellor also made a note on the SRM‘s impeccable endeavour in the field of research. The ceremony proceeded with Dr. T. P. Ganesan, Honorable Vice- Chancellor of the University, briefing on the funds sanctioned by the Government on research projects and the number of patents filed by the University. He also announced the amount of scholarship provided to students belonging to the economically weaker section and explained the perks of being in the University.

Felicitating the guests of Honour with a replica of Goddess Saraswati, Chancellor Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar called upon Shri Thiru. K. P. Anbalagan to deliver his greetings to the house. Shri Anbalagan, Minister for Higher Education, Tamil Nadu gave some notable insights on the aims of higher education at giving equal chance to all, who deserves it and giving quality education along with good infrastructure facility. Expressing his deepest pleasure while stating Tamil Nadu‘s contribution as a State in the improving the Gross Enrolment Ratio of India which has now increased from 24.5% to 44.3% he also said that according to the National Ranking of Human Resources Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu constitutes of 24 Colleges amongst the top 100 and SRM holds 34th place.

Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri Banwarilal Purohit who was also present to grace the occasion at the University said that it is a pleasure to be a part of the Special convocation 2017. Expressing heartiest congratulation to all the graduating students from the University he pointed out how convocation is an important milestone in the educational journey both for students as well as for a College or a University. “A University is not only for knowledge but also for research. Extra efforts must be made to improve the quality of knowledge. There has to be a periodical self-evaluation and a road map towards global ranking”, the Governor said in his Special Address. He recognized the excellence of SRM as an educational institution and congratulated the SRM Community for their dedicated effort in achieving this sort of an academic distinction.

13th Convocation

Padma Vibhushan Shri Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys Limited

The implications of globalization are that corporations are facing extreme competition; the pace of innovation is faster today; you have to quickly develop your ideas and innovate faster than your competitors

“Every decision needs hard work and it pays to take risk. Every ship is safe in the harbor ”, said the founder of Infosys Limited, Padma Vibhusan Shri N.R. Narayana Murthy at the prestigious degree awarding ceremony at SRM University at the Dr. T.P Ganesan Auditorium on November 18, 2017. Shri Murthy came up with brilliant words of motivation for the graduands present over there, saying, “We live in an extraordinary era, never before has the competition been as intense, opportunities as huge, challenges as daunting ”. “You have to be open to new ideas and be willing to learn new ideas and unlearn outdated ideas. You have to learn new cultures and paradigms. Age is not a factor for learning. Learn to question. The hierarchy of ideas is more important, not of men and women” said Mr. Narayana Murthy. The Infosys Founder called for the youngsters to develop a strong value system to energize the people whom they surround. He also added that performance leads to recognition which gradually leads to respect and finally takes one to power, and that performance is simply a mix of smartness, hard work, honesty and integrity. He also remarked that one has to be generous as it is the sign of confidence.

Over 6150 grandaunds under the discipline of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, 47 Doctorate holders and more than 50 students were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their academic achievements. The commencement of the ceremony started with the arrival of the esteemed guests for the day and the dignitaries of the University, the Vice- Chancellor, Members of the Board of Management and Academic Council, the Vice- President, President, Chairman, Chancellor, and the Directors of the Faculties, with the majestic and grand academic procession accompanied by the band followed by the University anthem.

The Convocation set forth with a welcome note by Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, the President of the Institution, who introduced the students to the honorable Chief Guest, Shri Murthy and Dr. Sekhar Basu, recipient of the Honorary Degree, followed by the reading of the annual report by the Vice-Chancellor. In his report he touched upon the infrastructure developments in the campus and emphasized the achievements all through-out the year and the long cherished dream of success of the University.

Declaring the 13th Convocation open the Honorable Chancellor of the University, Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, requested Professor N. Senthuraman, the Registrar to read out the citation for the conferment of the honorary degree to Dr. Sekhar Basu, the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Department Of Atomic Energy under the Government of India by the esteemed Chief Guest followed by the speech of acceptance of the degree by him. The speech followed by the delivery of the convocation address by the guest of honor Shri Murthy to ignite the spirits of the future of our country with his noble words of experience and motivation.

The event progressed with the pledge taking ceremony where the students repeated the oath in unison after the Chancellor and the conferment of the hard earned degrees/awards/ranks to the students by presenter Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan, the Director of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. In the end, the convocation was dissolved by the Chancellor, with the singing of the National Anthem.