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9th convocation ceremony of Graphic Era Deemed University held

By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Dec: Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Prof Anil. D. Sahasrabudhe said that students should be prepared to face those future challenges, which have not surfaced so far. Prof. Sahasrabudhe was addressing the convocation ceremony of Graphic Era Deemed University as Chief Guest.
Well known wrestler, Babita Phoghat also attended the convocation ceremony and was announced Graphic Era’s sports ambassador. while Magsaysay Award and Goldman award winner Padam Shree recipient prominent environmentalist, MC Mehta and international wrestling coach and social reformer Mahavir Singh Phoghat was conferred upon doctor of philosophy “honoris causa”. The ceremony was marked special as for the first time any educational institution has honoured personality of the status of Mahavir Singh Phogat for not only recognizing his contribution towards promoting girls into a sport which prominantly male dominated (wrestling). This has been accepted as a major social transformation through women empowerment the university conferred Doctor of Philosophy “Honoris cause” for his untiring efforts of promoting women empowerment. It was only his efforts that India has appeared in the medal tally of Asian Games, Common wealth games and olympic games in women’s wrestling.
A total 2130 students were awarded medal and degrees including Ph.D, post Graduation and Graduation degree from the field of Engineering, management and biotechnology were awarded PhD during the 9th convocation ceremony of Graphic Era Deemed University. Apart from this 2103 students were awarded graduation and post graduation degrees. During his convocation address Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that AICTE has proposed a seven points for overall development of University. These includes industry linkages, research and innovation, establishing national and International networks, enhanced involvement of alumni, making institute facilities available to students round the clock, establishing more engagement clubs for students and sensitizing them towards the needs of the society. All the workshops, labs and libraries of universities should remain open for 24 hours unlike government offices that work from 9to 5 so as to enable the students to reach respective laboratories as and when they get a new idea.
He further said that failures are a stepping stone to success. One should not get discouraged by failures, instead take as a challenge. Thomas Alva Edison would not have invented electric bulb had he been discouraged by hundreds of failed attempts in the process. The biggest hurdle in getting success is one’s mental block that achieving big targets is impossible. Prof Sahasrabudhe said that Knowledge has to transform to new initiatives and inventions, in order to bring economic and social revolution in the world. Graphic Era has 50% girl students and a total of 63% of them getting a gold medal today proves that the university encourages females in higher education.
Appreciating the emphasis given to research in Graphic Era, AICTE chairman said that the care, concern and compassion that the founders of Graphic Era have as their core values, is a rare commodity in today’s world. In today’s world, this is the main reason for Graphic Era’s success story.
President Graphic Era group Prof. Kamal Ghanshala said that research work should not be confined to books and publications but should be applied practically.
He further said it’s evident from the ongoing works in the University that 70 % of its students will be working in the US and UK in the near future. He further added that success is incomplete without contributing to the welfare of the society. He said that health is crucial and should never become a hurdle in one’s journey to success. Therefore youngsters should invest in health management.
After having spent 20 years in studies, and attaining a good career, health should not be a deterrent to achieving one’s goal. Dr Ghanshala said that blessing of parents and teachers along with good networking with people, open road to success.
Dr. R. C. Joshi, Chancellor, Graphic Era Deemed University, said that with creativity, hard work, self confidence and talent, one can achieve his goal. In today’s era of emerging technologies, it is essential to ‘learn to learn’ and develop a habit of being a life long learner.
Vice chancellor, Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma threw light on the University’s progress while citing Graphic Era’s achievements like securing NAAC “A” accreditation with maximum score and finding a place in the central government list of top 150 universities of the country. He also administered the convocation oath to the students. Commonwealth gold medalist Babita Phoghat was made Graphic Era’s sports ambassador in the ceremony, said that love for sports is also a kind of addiction. A person who gets addicted to sports needs no other addiction. Babita further said that she will do her level best to encourage girl students from Graphic Era to excel in the field of sports.
International wrestling coach and Dronacharya Award recipient, Mahavir Singh Phogat, said that sports should be given proper attention for the development of the country. Recipient of Ramon Magsaysay and Goldman Award, renowned environmentalist, Padama Shree MC Mehta said that natural resources will always be important need of a human. Therefore, it is the responsibility of entire human race to preserve them. It will be difficult to succeed in any filed if we fail to preserve our environment. He emphasized on preserving the Himalayas. Mehta called for projects and research in the area of effective waste treatment plants. He announced to offer his support for the same cause.
The Asia Pacific Head of Internationally acclaimed company CGG and special guest in the convocation ceremony, Jimmy Teng (Dubai), mentioning his company’s MoU with GEU, said that the agreement would agree research and innovation in the area of oil and gases. This would provide latest softwares for new technologies. Anil Kumar P. N, Associate Vice President, Infosys, addressing the ceremony as a special guest said that curiosity is the quality that leads a student to success.
Pranjali Gupta, Prabhakar Semwal, Ashutosh Sharma, Pankaj Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Himani Badoni, Kamlesh Chandra, Manoj Kumar, Shubham Gupta, Sunil Semwal and Shilpa Wadhwa along with 27 other scholars were awarded Ph.D during the convocation ceremony. A total of 2103 students from engineering, management, biotech, computer applications and other fields were awarded graduation and post graduation degrees.
Dr M. P. Singh was compere of the ceremony. Prior to this, convocation procession was the centre of attraction during the ceremony. The tune of ‘sare jahan se achcha..’ on army bands made this traditional procession even more interesting.