The Chancellor, Dr. T. R. Pachamuthu delivered the welcome address. He thanked Shri Narendra Modi for his presence and he said that he is hopeful to see Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India for he has proved himself as a successful leader with his selfless services. He lauded Mr. Modi that he witnesses a culmination of many national leaders in him. He added that there are no religious, political or geographical boundaries in the University and he said he is very proud with the development of the University including close allies with many abroad Universities and many innovations.
During the occasion of the 9th Convocation, Shri Narendra Modi also unveiled the portrait of Tmt. Valliammai, the mother of Founder Chancellor, Dr. T. R. Pachamuthu, SRM University. Dr. M. Ponnavaiko, the Vice Chancellor of SRM University read the annual report. He told the gathering that a total of 10,290 students from across all the streams and campuses are graduating this year. SRM University, known for ‘Innovation’ has filed 23 patents so far and two US patents have already been approved. He discussed the rapid developments of the University through the years including the nano satellite, other innovative projects and the MoUs of the University.
Dr. Avinash Chander, the Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development and Director General of DRDO was conferred the Honorary Degree during the 9th convocation.
He has held many prestigious positions and he has been a recipient of many awards for his outstanding contribution including Astronomical Society of India Award – 1997, Agni Self-reliance Award – 1999, Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award – 2000, DRDO Award of the Year 2007 and DRDO Technology Leadership Award in 2008. Dr. Chander said that he is privileged to share the dais with Mr. Modi. He said that he is proud of the latest developments in the country related to the field of defence. He also shared his concern about the threats to our country related to security and the solution he suggested is to keep the technology on the forefront for our armed forces. He congratulated the graduands and wished them to be independent thinkers and visionaries.
The Director of each faculty presented the candidates for the award of the degree and the same was followed with the citation of pledge by the graduates. Mr. Narendra Modi then delivered the convocation address. He complemented SRM University, the largest private Universities of India for its outstanding contribution in educational sector and the meticulous dedication of the founder chancellor, Dr. T. R. Pachamuthu. He thanked the Chancellor for making him to unveil his mother’s statue.
He wished that all the graduates success in all the endeavors and for a contented life. ‘Mr. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft from Hyderabad is going places’, he said. He added that he is assured that many such successful Indians are at SRM too and the young should aim to start companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple in India. He recalled the traditional educational system and he lauded them. He said that knowledge is wealth in this era to fight poverty and nothing could be replaced with knowledge.
He said that he aims to establish IITs, IIMs, AIIMS in all the states of the country. He added that all Universities should be globally ranked and he congratulated SRM for being an example. The youngsters of this country want to live in a developed nation and Mr. Modi said that all Indians should work towards it. “Skill development is the need of the hour. We need to increase the speed, the pace in which the individuals and the organizations work and we should aim to scale up the development process”, said Mr. Narendra Modi concluding his convocation address during the 9th convocation.
Mr. S. Balaji of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Engineering Trainee working with Coco Cola said he has come all the way from Ahmedabad only to watch Mr. Narendra Modi talk at his own campus. Mr. Arul Yogaraj, first rank holder of Civil Engineering – Part time said he is very happy to receive his degree from Mr. Narendra Modi. He said he worked when he studied and he added that his hard work has been paid off and he would cherish this moment for the rest of his life. The event then ended with the national anthem.