SRM University Celebrated its 12th Convocation


Knowledge from text books gives one a start but this is not enough and will not last a lifetime, Mr. D. Bhattacharya, the Vice Chairman of Hindalco Industries (metals flagship of the Aditya Birla Group) and Vice Chairman of Novelis Inc told the Graduating Class at SRM University's 12th Convocation. " The opportunity to learning comes from keeping on learning. We learn from day-to-day experiences. Decisions in professional life are complex and multi-dimensional", the top industrialist noted.

On the first of a two day event, more than 6600 students received their Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Technology, Architecture and Design; besides 74 students awarded their Ph.D degrees from all disciplines. As many as 52 students were awarded certificates of accomplishment in their respective fields of study.

The Chancellor of SRM University, Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, presiding over the Convocation said that the students receiving their degree today are lucky as today happens to be Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Birth Anniversary and advised the students to live up to his expectations.

Mr. Bhattacharya reminded students that they were starting their new journey at a very opportune time in India as the economy was quite robust with exponential growth in many areas and the government gearing up for the next set of reforms to make India a shining star in the global economy. "But even as India's economy is on an upward trajectory, the global markets are more risk prone and financial markets are volatile", he cautioned.

SRM University conferred the D.Sc degree, Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), on Dr. Russell Franco D'Souza, Executive Director Global and Professor of Psychological Medicine, International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine, Melbourne, Australia and Head of the Asia-Pacific Bioethics Divisions of UNESCO. "Universities have an important role to play in instilling morals and ethics in the midst of advances in science and technology", Dr. D'Souza said going on to commend SRM University for its fortitude and vision in addressing moral and ethical requirements in science, education and technology.

"Education has to be relevant to society and in a country like India where socio-economic differences are so stark, education must open our eyes to the challenges facing us. Education can be said to be successful only if at the end of the day it has enabled us to narrow the gaps. Making education relevant to society and making it holistic is what SRM University is all about" said Professor Prabir K Bagchi, Vice Chancellor, in his welcome address.