Special Convocation- “An unmatchable memory in every student’s life.
The Spectacular event was held at Dr. T.P Ganesan Auditorium, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur on 2nd December 2018. It was a grand celebration, the gallery was colorful and vibrant as the graduands flaunted in their yellow, purple and orange robes.
It was a splendid and a moment of mixed emotions as one could witness the proud faces of parents along with the happy faces of graduands.
The Convocation started at 11.00am with the invocation song - Tamil Thai Vazhthu after which the Chancellor Dr. T.R. Paarivendar welcomed the chief guest, Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, Honourable Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha and Ex-Union Minister and Honoris Causa, Dr. Mohan Kameswaran, Indian Otorhinolaryngologist, Founder of Madras ENT Research Foundation (P) Ltd., Chennai, the about to be graduates, their parents, media team and all the dignitaries who were present in the auditorium.
The Chancellor Dr. T. R. Paarivendar in his sumptuous welcome note, shared that the hall has witnessed Presidents like Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable Prime Ministers like Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri Narendra Modi and Speakers of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar in various occasions like earlier convocations and Indian Science Congress.
This year 14,200 graduands are receiving their degrees, and so the convocation is celebrated as two days event. The Chancellor also mentioned various achievements including the institution has been awarded A++ Grade by NAAC, NIRF Ranking and QS Ranking with four stars. The institution has also signed up more than 150 MoUs with the leading universities.
It was a proud moment for all when the Chancellor addressed that SRMIST is the front-runner in taking up the social responsibilities like waiving off education fees and tuition fees for students hailing from Thane & Gaja storm hit districts of Tamilnadu. He declared that all the graduands are the ambassadors of the university and invited them to visit the university often to learn about its development in the future. He also mentioned that the university will support its students in research, further studies and entrepreneurship development. Finally, he concluded his welcome speech by wishing all the graduands a successful future and left the podium to our Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti to present the annual report.
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti began his magnificent speech by welcoming everyone and presented the Annual Report. The auditorium was filled with ringing applause as he informed that Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan was the only women in the Parliament who had been elected eight consecutive times from the same constituency. He also cordially welcomed the recipient of honourable doctorate Dr. Mohan Kameswaran, Indian Otorhinolaryngologist, Founder of Madras ENT Research Foundation (P) LTD., Chennai.
He presented the annual report in the form of PowerPoint presentation as a visual treat, starting from the establishment of primary school by Sri Ramasamy Memorial (SRM) Group in 1969, receiving Category I by UGC/MHRD, etc., and the top rankings achieved by the institution.
He visualized and shared the details of various research conducted and published in the institution, the modern facilities and specialized medical infrastructure upgraded in the institution. He also presented a detailed report of the Internationalization by signing up more than 150 MoUs with ACCA, ISDC & CIMA.
Another feather in the cap of SRM Group was added as the Vice-Chancellor expressed that the institution is sending out students as a trained and motivated professional and citizen to serve the nation.
As a part of the ceremony, Chief Guest and Honoris Causa were felicitated by our Chancellor, followed by awarding Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa to Dr. Mohan Kameswaran by Honourable Chief Guest, Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan.
Dr. Mohan Kameswaran in his resplendent acceptance speech welcomed all the distinguished people, especially the heroes of the event and their parents. Being a Chennai citizen, he was astonished on the incredible development of the institution.
He cherished the moment of academic celebration by sharing a heartwarming and his life-changing incident happened in his career 20 years ago, where a 16 years old boy from Cheyyar was affected by deafness followed by trivial viral infection. As the dreams of the blooming bud were shattered, his family tried committing suicide from which they were saved and brought for counseling to Dr. Mohan Kameswaran. He helped the boy regain his hearing ability and the boy has become a successful software engineer in U.S.
Dr. Mohan Kameswaran is a person of generosity as he felt privileged that the doctorate was honored to him for his work in the field, dealing with deafness and dumbness. He was also happy to share his doctorate degree with the intensive minds present in the room.
The decorum was filled with the spirit of unity and applause when Dr. Mohan Kameswaran insisted “Rejoice for you deserve appreciation, understand the purpose of your existence, for therein lies the happiness” and closed his speech with the stanza “Vaazhiya Senthamizh, Vaazhga Natramizhar, Vaazhiya Bharatha Manithirunadu” of the great Tamil poet Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar.
Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, Honourable Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha delivered her convocation address with an enlightened smile. She addressed her speech by welcoming the dignitaries on the dais. As she is well known as “Thaai” for everyone, she reminded the gathering that technology is a useful servant, never make it a master as it might turn dangerous. She also advised knowledge is the ultimate power, emerging as the currency of the nation.
Innovation unlocks values and distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Imagination is more important than knowledge as imagination encircle the whole world. Madam “Thaai” with her mesmerizing vocal asked the students to imagine, innovate and contribute constructively to the nation. She reminded that her above mentioned request is not only for the local students but also for the international students graduating from the institution. She concluded her speech with Sanskrit sloka, “vidya dadati vinayam, vinayadyati patratam; patratvaddhanamapnoti, dhanaddharmam tatah sukham” which means knowledge gives discipline, from discipline comes worthiness, from worthiness one gets wealth, from wealth one get good deeds, ultimately leading to joy.
After the phenomenal speech of our chief guest, it was a cloud nine moment for the students who have completed Bachelor degrees in Engineering & Technology B.Tech (Part Time), All PG Programmes (Full Time and Part Time), Science and Humanities, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences and Doctorate of this academic year as they were declared as graduates.
Then all the toppers from the disciplinary were honoured with certificates and medals. The convocation ceremony ended with the National Anthem and the graduates left the auditorium with a bright smile, leaving a mark of unforgettable memories filled with the spirit and dream of achieving and contributing to our great Nation.