Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 1:
Eighty three MBA students received their degrees at the second convocation of Sri Sri University in Odisha near here today.
Six students were awarded gold medals for outstanding performance under various specializations. Two students, Seetharaman, Chairman, Doha Bank, Dubai and Ms. Suseela Rani, Assistant Professor, Lendi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Andhra Pradesh, received their Ph.Ds. They have the distinction of being the first doctorates to graduate from Sri Sri University.
The University also awarded honorary Ph.Ds to outstanding individuals in various fields Ramoji Rao (Founder, Ramoji Group), Mahesh Gupta(CMD, Kent RO Systems Ltd) and Binod Chaudhary (President, Chaudhary Group).
Opening the convocation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar listed passion, stability and strength as the three qualities essential
to succeed in life.
“There can be no achievement without passion, or a vision. Along with a vision, you also need to have stability, your
emotions must be stable; otherwise your dreams will keep changing and it doesn’t lead you anywhere. For this you have yoga, pranayam and meditation. An attitude of selflessness or service to society also brings stability. You also need to be strong physically, mentally and spiritually. Knowledge and experience bring stability. The whole world is your university, so learn from everybody,” quoting the Upanishads.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his gratitude towards the contribution made by Sri Sri towards holistic education.
“We want our new generation to be both economic and social entrepreneurs. Our students must be able to dream big and contribute on a global scale. As Gandhiji said, you have to be the change you want to see in society. Always try to believe in yourself, you are the sole makers of your destiny,” he said, addressing the graduating students as the chief guest.
Minister for Higher Education and Guest of Honour, Pradeep Panigrahy stressed the importance of higher education and its value to overall development of a society.
Guest of Honour and Founder Hari Krishna Exports, Savji Dholakia, spoke about his experience as a business leader and the importance of commitment and focus in achieving success.
Presenting a report on the milestones achieved by the University since its commencement in 2012, Vice Chancellor Dr. Nand Lal announced the launch of several new courses in the next academic year, including two-year Master’s
programmes in Mathematics, Statistics, Sanskrit, Philosophy, a two-year Bachelor’s program in Education, three-year Bachelor’s programme in Tourism and Travel Management and four- year Bachelors programme in Fine Arts (BFA) .
The varsity is also starting programmes in Architecture, Journalism and Osteopathy. The programme in Journalism has a target to create ethical and effective journalists and the B.Ed programme has been designed to create dynamic
teachers who can offer the best of modern technology with ancient wisdom.
A Convocation Brochure was released by the University to mark the occasion. The Convocation was attended by industry leaders, senior bureaucrats and media persons.