Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Bharat Ratna Prof. CNR Rao and Padma Vibhushan Dr. G. Madhavan Nair conferred with Honorary Doctorates
It was the much awaited and most cherished moment for the graduands of Amity University when they were conferred Degrees and Diplomas during memorable first Convocation 2015 at University Campus, Manesar.
Dr.Ashok Chauhan – Founder President – Amity Group and Mr. Aseem Chauhan,Chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon and Prof. P B Sharma, Vice Chancellor, AUG conferred UG and PG Degrees and Diplomas to 1038 successfully qualified graduands for various programs.
The Convocation procession, led by Piper Band, heralded the entry of venerated members of the management including Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group, Mr. Aseem Chauhan- Chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon, Ms. Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools, Ms. Sapna Chauhan – Chairperson, AmiOwn PreSchools, distinguished Trustees and members of Management, Directors, Head of Institutions who walked the aisle, wearing impressive ceremonious gowns, much to the awe of the gathering.
Graduands,accompanied with their family members and acquaintances, beamed with joy and exhilaration as they went down the memory lane, reminiscing college days while re-uniting with their friends, faculty members and Institution Heads. All the graduands donned beautiful black robes with caps and coloured scarves representing their programmes and they walked with pride and sparkle in their eyes.
163 meritorious graduands received special Awards, Trophies, Medals and Salvers,wherein, 50 graduands were awarded with Gold Medals, while 49 students bagged silver medals, 45 Graduands were presented with bronze medal, and 12commendable graduands received trophy.
Mr.Aseem Chauhan- Chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon declared the Convocation open.
Addressing the gathering, Prof PB Sharma- Vice Chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon welcomed the august gathering, and presented a brief report of the University. He outlined the achievements of the University of academic year 2013-2014 wherein he mentioned that Amity University Gurgaon have succeeded in percolating the culture of research and innovations Prof. Sharma congratulated the graduands and wished them luck in their future endeavors.
Sharing his views, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group addressed Amity alumni as Amity’s Amazing Achievers and stressed that Amity alumni are empowered to change the country and the world. He remarked that Amity alumni are equipped with rich Indian culture and ethos which would help them to achieve anything in their lives. Dr. Chauhan, who himself believes in “Success by Compulsion”,called upon the Alumni to have an urge to achieve something in life, forge ahead with strong conviction, self confidence and faith in God, without getting perturbed by deterrents.
During the occasion, Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi was conferred with Honoris Causa in Science for his extraordinary and far-sighted commitment to social emancipation with profound and exemplary contribution in pursuit of his long-cherished goal of ending child slavery.
During his acceptance speech through video conferencing, Shri Kailash Satyarthi expressed his gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him. Encouraging the graduands to contribute towards development of nation, he said that the youth has to create a new type of 3D wherein the first D represents Dream which means to dream success in life with the dream of making India developed in the field of economy, knowledge and morality; the second D is Discover which means to identify the power within yourself and the third D is Do which means to do things immediately. He further added that when a person dreams about his career then the reach is limited but when a person dreams about the development of nation then his/her personality enhances and the person achieves success at great heights. Mr. Satyarthi opined that there is a need for democratization of knowledge, economy and moral values which will make India a superpower. He congratulated the graduands for their accomplishment and wished them success for their careers.
In the convocation, Bharat Ratna Prof. CNR Rao, Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India was conferred with Honoris Causa in Science for his extraordinary scientific vision and unwavering commitment to the cause of the society.
In his acceptance speech, Bharat Ratan Prof. CNR Rao said, “I am honored to receive the honoris causa from Amity University.” Enlightening the students with mantra of success,he said that if an Indian decides to succeed then he/she is destined to succeed. He further added that a person who desires to succeed must follow three things which are dedication, doggedness and pugnacity. He cited the example of Mahatma Gandhi who had all the three qualities in him which led to the independence of the nation. Prof. Rao said that there is no limit to excellence and more a person works, more steps are added to the ladder of success. He also mentioned that world is changing at rapid pace and the competition level is very high with escalating demands of higher quality,therefore, the youth needs to prepare themselves for the tough struggle for success. Prof. Rao opined that the domain of Science and Technology is providing the foundation for future India, hence, there is a need for young people to climb this ladder of excellence.
During convocation, Padma Vibhushan Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Secretary to the Department of Space, Government of India was conferred with Honorary Doctorate in Science for his exceptional scientific vision and profound commitment to India’s self reliance in space research and development.
Accepting the Honorary Doctorate in Science, Dr.G. Madhavan Nair expressed his gratitude for being included in the distinguished Honorary Doctorate recipients of Amity University. He further added that he had always stressed on the importance of research and innovation and he commended Amity for implementing the same in their University. He mentioned that India is a country with largest population of youth but quite often there is a deficit view of future, as most of the institutions are mass producing graduates or post graduates who want to be the employees of an organization, hence this situation needs to be changed. Dr. Nair apprised that over years India has achieved a lot in various fields, when there has been a clear set of objectives with focused energy and determination. He further encouraged the students to focus on innovation and research in whichever field they want to establish their career in.
The convocation witnessed the conferring of Honorary Professorship on Dr. Kumar Krishen, Lead Technologist NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, US was conferred with Honorary Professorship for his visionary achievements in the field of scientific innovation and technology transfer; Dr. Fred P. Bemak, Professor,Counseling & Development Program at George Mason University was conferred with Honorary Professorship for his extraordinary academic achievements in the field of education and human development, and Dr. Paroma Roy Chowdhury, Country Head, Corp Comm & Public Affairs, Google India was conferred with Honorary Professorship for her contribution in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication.
During the convocation, Mr. Aseem Chauhan announced to confer Honorary Professorship on Renowned Scientist Dr. Stephen C.Rand for his extraordinary achievements in the field of applied physics and optical science, when he will visit the University next month.
During the convocation, the students of Centre of Robotics, Amity University presented a live demonstration of “Amibot – Human Robot” which showcased his dancing skills to the audience. The eminent personalities and scientists were impressed with the creation of the students.