A three Day Convocation brings festive mood to Manipal Campus
Considering the huge number of students receiving degrees, over 3,000, the Convocation this year was held on three days to facilitate a smooth conduct of the event.
Over a thousand graduating students attended the first day of the 21st edition of Manipal University’s Convocation with a great sense of satisfaction that they have a well-earned, prized degree from the most prestigious private university in the country. As the students teemed the KMC Greens with parents in tow, they were eager about the life after the glorious years in this University.
Dr A.S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary Department of Space, GoI and Chairman Indian Space Research Organisation, in his convocation address on day 1, advised the students that “acquiring knowledge plays a crucial role in the overall progress of one’s life. We gain knowledge mainly through education, from a range of mediums and importantly from one’s own experiences”.
Dr. Kumar said, “Knowledge gives us strength to find success in all walks of life. Literature, philosophy, and history are great sources of knowledge as they enrich us with the realization of our understanding. Observation, reasoning, logical inferences and modelling are some methods that have been in use for gaining knowledge. It is for the learner to decide which method to opt, for each method has its own advantage & limitation,” Mr Kumar added.
Dr H. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor gave an overview of the University in a power point presentation. He highlighted achievements of individual institutions, research work being done in the university, accolades won during the course of the year, rankings by various agencies etc. About 1200-odd graduating students received their degrees and gold medals on Day 1 of the convocation.
Students who received the Gold Medal for their academic performance were: Jal Panchal, MIT (B.Tech, Mechatronics); Tan Loon Han, MCODS, Manipal (BDS) and Aemy Maria Joseph, SJM, Manipal (BBA, Jewellery Design and Management)
Students told not to compromise on core values
On Day 2 of the convocation that was held on 25th Nov 2015, graduating students were advised not to compromise on core values., Mr M.R. Srinivas Prasad, CEO, Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore in an inspiring speech to the graduating students of Manipal University, Manipal at the 21st Convocation said, “The satisfaction from success is not about achieving it, but about what you make of it”. He shared defining moments in his life with the students to make his point and spoke of the interesting challenges he overcame with grit & determination to make it to where he is right now.
He cautioned students about the challenges while stepping out into the real world of tomorrow after leaving the portals of this great university, and come what may, hold on to your core values he said. “Some of the basic values and beliefs that you have grown up with will come under attack. But never compromise on your core values come what may. Do what you love to do, but don’t forget to make a difference to people’s lives as you go along. This will set you on the right path to success,” he added.
Students who received the Gold Medal for their academic performance were: Rashmita Mohile, (BHM, Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration), Tenzin Yangzom (BSc Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Mangalore) and Aalok Jairaj Varma (BSc Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Manipal).
Faizal instills confidence in graduating students
On the 3rd and final day of the 21st Convocation of Manipal University on November 28, 2015, the graduating students were motivated by an alumnus, Mr Faizal Kottikollon. The alumnus instilled confidence and optimism in students by citing examples from his own life after graduating from Manipal Institute of Technology and TAPMI in Manipal.
As the graduating students prepare to re-invent themselves, Mr Faizal, Founder and Chairman, KEF Holdings UAE, explained the importance of inclusive growth and prosperity as he perceived. In his Convocation address at KMC Greens, he spoke about the ethics of hard work and discipline gained when he was a student at MIT and called upon the students to create value for those around them and particularly to the environment. “I was fortunate to be armed with a world-class education in engineering and business management from Manipal. And I went about setting up what became the world’s largest integrated and most technologically advanced foundry for valves for the oil and gas industry called Emirates Techno Casting” he recollected.
Students who received the Gold Medal for their academic performance were: Beenaben Bahadursinh Mahida (B Pharm, Manipal College Of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Priya Arora (BAJC, School of Communication) Anupallavi E Poduval (BArch, Faculty of Architecture), Beena Annie Sam (Pharm D, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Pallavi Siddharth Toprani (M Pharm, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Vishala V (M.Com, School of Communication) Sachin Kumar M.S. (MSc Tech, Enabled Systems, School of Information Sciences) Renita Pinto (MBA, School of Management).
Dr Ramdas M Pai, Chancellor Manipal University formally declared the Convocation open on the three days. Dr. H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Dr. V Surendra Shetty, Pro Vice Chancellor, Mangalore Manipal Campus, Dr. Narayan Sabhahit, Registrar, Manipal University, Dr. Sumar Nair, Director, Students Affairs, Manipal University, other University authorities and Heads of the Institution affiliated to Manipal University were present during the occasion