Chandigarh University’s Annual Convocation-2021

1552 students awarded degrees at Chandigarh University’s Annual Convocation-2021

30 meritorious students get Gold medals, 28 awarded PhD degrees

MOHALI: The annual convocation of Chandigarh University was held at its Gharuan campus on Wednesday, during which 1552 students from the Liberal Arts, Sciences and University Institute of Teacher Training and Research departments were awarded degrees, including PhDs, Masters and Bachelors, for the academic year 2020-21.

As many as 30 meritorious students were awarded gold medals, including 18 graduate and 12 postgraduate students while 28 students were awarded PhD degrees in the ceremony, in which In-charge, External Affairs Department, Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale and eminent theatre director, Padma Shri Dr Mr. Neelam Mansingh Chaudhary participated as the Chief Guests and presented degrees to the students. Ashwin Johar, Member of India Russia Bilateral Council and vice-chairman at Centre for Economic Policy Research, Dr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University and Pro-Chancellor Dr R S Bawa along with other officials, were also present on the occasion.

In his convocational address, Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale asserted that India is a land of opportunities and exhorted the passing out students to make the best use of these, to achieve heights in their individual lives, as well as to contribute to nation’s progress.

Noting that while India and its citizens are exceptional individually, there is a scope of improvement when it comes to working in collaboration, Dr Chauthaiwale said that the New Education Policy aims to strengthen the collaborations.

“I am happy to see that Chandigarh University has emerged as a leading institution in international collaborations with reputed universities world over, especially in the field of quality research and technological advancement,” he said, and urged the students to follow three principles as they move to the new phase in their lives.

“Your first priority must be to keep yourself updated with new knowledge and skills. Second, you must rediscover yourself every 4-5 years, taking new challenges and risks; and third, you must strive to ensure that your knowledge is applicable for the benefits of masses,” he said.

He noted that India is emerging as the world superpower, thanks to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “What we are witnessing right now in India, is our golden phase but the peak is yet to come. India is now the land of opportunity and you must ensure that you make the best use of these opportunities. Only then you can achieve greater heights in your individual lives, and also contribute to nation’s progress,” he said.

Congratulating the passing-out students, Dr Neelam Mansingh Chowdhary extended her best wishes to them for their future and urged them to strive to effect a change with whatever profession they choose to practice.

“Whether you want to become a chef, a journalist, writer, doctor, actor or teacher, move ahead with complete confidence and trust in your abilities. Professions like art and cinema has the potential to bring a social change, but even in other professions, you must strive effect a big change,” she said in her convocation address.

Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor of Chandigarh University, S. Satnam Singh Sandhu congratulated the passing-out students and wished them luck for their future endeavours.

He said that the progress of any country depends on its talented students and educational institutions play a vital role in this progress through their advanced educational model, research, placement and social work.

“I am sure that you, the graduate students of the university, will contribute to the development of the country with your dedication, talent and hard work,” the Chancellor said. He said that Chandigarh University is committed to provide quality and internationally recognized education and training to its students as well as learning and employment opportunities through research, international tie-ups, and placements.

During the convocation, a total of 1552 students were awarded degrees from the Liberal Arts, Sciences and University Institute of Teacher Training and Research departments for the academic session 2020-21. Of these, 430 students were from Liberal Arts, 987 students from the Science department and 135 students from the Department of Teacher Training and Research.

In the convocation ceremony, eight students of PG Diploma in Yoga Education, 29 of B.Sc. B.Ed, 33 of B.P.Ed, 34 of B.A.Ed and 31 of B.A. were awarded degrees under Teachers Training and Research Institute. Apart from this, 94 students of B.Sc (Animation, VFX and Gaming) under the Liberal Arts Department, 6 of Film Studies, 21 of MSc Animation and Multimedia, 53 of Bachelor of Architecture, 1 of Master of Architecture, 1 of Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) K5, 112 of BJMC, 16 of Bachelor of Fine Arts, 32 of BSc Fashion Design, 21 of BSc Interior Design, 8 of MA English , 21 of MA Psychology, 7 of MA Clinical Psychology and 33 of MJMC students were awarded degrees.

Under the Department of Sciences, 45 students of B.Sc. MLT, 36 of Bachelor of Optometry, 50 of B.Pharma, 136 of B.Sc. Biotechnology, 270 of B.Sc. Agriculture, 48 of B.Sc. Nonmedical, 26 of B.Sc. Medical, 4 of B.Sc. Agri-business, 39 of M.Sc. Industrial Microbiology, 87 students from MSc Biotechnology, 16 from MSc Forensic Science, 50 from MSc Physics, 122 from MSc Chemistry, 19 from MSc Mathematics and 39 from BSc Nutrition and Dietitation received their degrees.