Special Convocation 2017

Start: 13-02-2017

Special Convocation 2017

“SRM University is the Fruit of your Chancellor’s Work and Vision.”
- Professor. Nicholas B. Dirks – Chancellor, University of California Berkley

“SRM University Alumni will soon join the ranks of Nobel Prize awardees.”
-  Professor. Bertil Andersson – President, Nanyang Technlogical University

Dr.T.P.Ganesan Auditorium witnessed a memorable Special Convocation today. The event was presided by the Founder Chancellor of SRM University. Two Honorary Doctorates were awarded to:
Professor. Nicholas B. Dirks – Chancellor, University of California Berkley
Professor. Bertil Andersson – President, Nanyang Technlogical University

The following eminent dignitaries  of SRM University were present at the celebration:
Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar – Founder Chancellor
Dr.P.Sathyanarayanan - President
Dr.Prabir K Bagchi – Vice Chancellor
Dr.T.P.Ganesan – Pro Vice Chancellor, Planning & Development
Dr.P.Thangaraju – Pro Vice Chancellor, Medical
Directors, Deans and HoDs of the faculties and academic departments were also seated on the dais.

The event began with the recital of the invocation. Dr. Prabir K Bagchi  gave a warm welcome address to the gathering. He emphasized that today was a red letter day for SRM University and gave a brief introduction on the two outstanding individuals who were to be conferred with their Honorary Doctorate degrees.

Dr.T.R. Pachamuthu felicitated the remarkable professors Dr. Nicholas B. Dirks and Dr. Bertil Andersson with a memento and declared the convocation open. Dr.T.P.Ganesan, in his citation on Dr. Dirks described to the auditorium the many achievements and talents of Dr.Birks in the field of South Asian History and Anthropology. Dr.P.Thangaraju introduced Dr.Andersson, emphasizing his contribution to the field of Chemistry, his achievements as a Plant Biochemist of global repute and being a Trustee Member of the Nobel Foundation .

Professor. Nicholas B. Dirks was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) and Professor. Bertil Andersson was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.,) by the Founder Chancellor Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar.

Professor Dirks gave a memorable acceptance speech with parts in tamil much to the pleasure of the audience. Having spent a considerable amount of time in Tambaram, Chennai, Pudukottai and Madurai, he stated that this Honorary Degree was as very close to his heart. He promised to strengthen relations between University of California, Berkley and SRM University, to ensure collaboration in research and education between the Universities.

In his acceptance speech, Professor Andersson highlighted the growth of NTU, Singapore and expressed his wish for increased interaction and partnership between SRM and NTU. Being a Trustee member of the Nobel Foundation, he conveyed his hope that SRM alumni would soon go on to win Nobel prizes in their respective domains. He encouraged the students present to pursue research for the betterment of the world.

Date 13 February, 2017
Venue Dr. T.P. Ganesan Audtorium
Time 11 AM
Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, Founder Chancellor, SRM University will preside over the Convocation
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.)  Professor. Nicholas B. Dirks
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.,) Professor. Bertil Andersson
For the Kind Attention of Invitees
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  • Invitees are requested to be in their seats before 10.15 a.m.
  • Invitees are requested not to bring children with them
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  • Please remain standing in your place as the academic procession enters and leaves the hall