Delivering the Convocation address Dr. M. Anandakrishnan, the Chief Guest for the 10th Convocation Ceremony of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) congratulated the University for earning a high distinction and reputation among the higher educational institutions of the nation.
He said that the SMU has many unique and distinct achievements to its credit. He also congratulated the graduates and advised them to implement their disciplines which they had enrolled from the University in the real world.
In his speech Chief Guest said India has made tremendous strides in the economic and social development in the past two decades and is poised to maintain a healthy growth in the years to come. Giving the example of engineering profession, he said that although certain basics of engineering will not change, the explosion of knowledge, the global economy and the way engineers will work will reflect an ongoing evolution that began to gain momentum a decade ago.
He concluded by advising the graduates to always recognize the support provided by their parents and family members who reposed the confidence in them; as also the society at large, which contributed to the development of their institution. Whatever wealth- intellectual and financial- they may generate they should have the temperament to share it for the benefit of the society starting with their institution.
Earlier in his welcome address Dr. Ramdas Pai stated that this special day represents a new and exciting chapter in the lives of those who receive their degrees and will be stepping out of the collegial and intellectual environment into the real world full of contradictions, astounding possibilities and tough challenges.
He also said that there’s acute shortage of doctors in the country with one doctor for over 3000 compared to 440 in the US and 220 in Israel. Fortunately there’s some definite forward movement in this regard but however a lot more needs to be done. SMU faces acute shortage of medical faculty is looking forward to the fundamental changes in the regulatory environment, informed Dr. Pai.
Briefing about the University’s background, Dr, Pai said that SMU is a successful model of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the field of higher education and the Sikkim Government took a farsighted initiative in 1992 with the signing of an MOU with the Manipal Group followed by the enactment by the Sikkim Legislature of an Act creating the University in 1995. Addressing the graduates Dr. Pai said the world they will enter as professionals is full of opportunities and challenges and is characterized by globalization and market driven economics with an enabling regulatory environment.
Education is a basic human need and everything depends on the proper utilization of education, stated the Guest of Honour Mr. C.B Karki Minister, Information and Public Relations Department in his speech.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. B.R. Subba. The convocation ceremony was also marked by the release of the Annual Report by Dr. Anandakrishnan. Distinctions, medals to the awardees and degrees to PhD scholars were presented. Total 527 graduates, 133 post graduates and 6 PhD scholars were awarded in the presence of Mr. C.B. Karki Minister Rural Management and Development Department and Information and Public Relations Department, Mr. T.T. Dorjee, Chief Secretary Govt. of Sikkim, Dr. Ramdas Pai, Pro Chancellor SMU, Dr. Anandakrishnan, Chairman Board of Governors IIT Kanpur, Mr. B.R. Subba, Registrar, Brig. Dr. S.S. Pabla, Vice Chancellor SMU, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, parents and the graduates.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail