Cuttack, September 1: Sri Sri University today celebrated its SecondConvocation in the presence of Mr. Naveen Patnaik, the Hon’ble Chief Minister ofOdisha as the Chief Guest, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy, Hon’ble Minister,Department of Higher Education and Mr. Savji Dhanji Dholakia, a leadingindustrialist as Guests of Honour and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian and spiritual leader and founder, Sri Sri University.83 MBA graduates received their certificates; six were awarded gold medals foroutstanding performance under various specializations. Two students, Mr.Seetharaman, Chairman, Doha Bank, Dubai and Ms. Suseela Rani, AssistantProfessor, 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.Opening the convocation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Three qualities are essential to succeed in life: passion, stability and strength. There can be no achievement without passion, or a vision. Along with a vision, you also to have stability, youremotions 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 attitudeof selflessness or service to society also brings stability. You also need to be strongphysically, 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, Mr.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. Ourstudents 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 inyourself, you are the sole makers of your destiny,” he said, addressing the
Minister of Higher Education and Guest of Honour, Mr.Pradeep Panigrahy stressed on the importance of higher education and its value to overall development of a society. Guest of Honour and Founder Hari Krishna Exports, Mr.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 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 Tourismand 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 andeffective journalists and the B.Ed programme has been designed to create dynamic
teachers who can offer the best of modern technology with ancient wisdom.The University also awarded honorary Ph.Ds to outstanding individuals in various fields Mr.Ramoji Rao (Founder, Ramoji Group), Mr.Mahesh Gupta(CMD, Kent RO Systems Ltd) and Mr.Binod Chaudhary (President, Chaudhary Group).A Convocation Brochure was released by the University to mark the occasion. The Convocation was attended by industry leaders, senior bureaucrats and mediapersonalities.