More than 2000 students were awarded doctoral, post-graduate and graduate degrees at a grand convocation ceremony of Manav Rachna University (MRU), Manav Rachna Dental College (MRDC) and Manav Rachna International Institute of Research & Studies (MRIIRS) today. 88 students were bestowed with medals and certificates in recognition of their exceptional achievements in academics, research, sports, creative arts, community involvement and professional development.
Padma Vibhushan Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Former Chairman, ISRO was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Honoris Causa degrees were bestowed upon 6 stalwarts including Padmashri Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chancellor, Homi Bhabha National Institute; Sh. Deepak Bagla, MD & CEO of Invest India; Sh. Krishnamurthy Shankar, EVP, Infosys; Prof. (Dr.) Hari Prakash, Former Chief, Center for Dental Education & Research, AIIMS; Sh. H K Batra, Chairman, Perfect Bread; and Prof. (Dr.) Asim Das, Dean, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Faridabad who were also the Guests of Honour on the occasion.
Congratulating graduands on the Convocation Ceremony Padma Vibhushan Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan said, “The diversity of courses offered at Manav Rachna represents the diversity and multi-disciplinarity that forms a rich backdrop for students to take a full advantage of several aspects of the recommendations which are now a part of NEP 2020. NEP considers needs and aspirants of everyone to form a just and equitable society.” He emphasized the promotion of Indian art and culture both at personal and national level, and asked everyone to contribute in the service of others”.
Mr. Arunabh Borah, MBA, Faculty of Management Studies was honoured with Dr. Pritam Singh Gold Medal in recognition of his strong character, competence, values, awareness, and knowledge.
Ms. Sonakshi Khosla, B. Tech, MRIIRS & Ms. Chavvi Baliyan, B.Sc. (H), Mathematics, MRU were bestowed with the Chief Patron Medal for their attributes of engaged leadership. Mr. Abhishek Sontakke, B.Tech, MRU and Mr. Hardik Grover, B.Tech, MRIIRS were bestowed with the President’s medal for their achievements at the National and International Level.
The outstanding achiever’s award in sports was presented to Mr. Angad Bajwa who had bagged Gold in Men’s Skeet event at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championship, guaranteeing himself a quota place in the 2020 Summer Olympics (now to be held in 2021).
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions urged the students to be honest while maintaining the virtues of patience and passion. “As the young, educated, smart, and knowledgeable fraction of the society, you should remember that if not today, tomorrow success would be yours. So the question is not about achieving success but about values, because only that will give you satisfaction when you look back at your life”, he said.
The presence of the distinguished alumni of MRIIRS made the day even more special. The flag of the alumni association was formally handed over to the newest members of the Alumni Association on this august occasion.
The ceremony was held in a combination of offline and online events following strict Covid protocols.