More than 300 students awarded degrees at NIIT University’s 7th Convocation Ceremony
Chennai, 19th September 2017: Established with a vision to bring about innovation in higher education and learning in emerging areas of the knowledge society, the not-for-profit NIIT University (NU) hosted its 7th Convocation Ceremony at the Neemrana campus. Dr Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, an eminent Indian scientist and former Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr Mashelkar is also one of the Founding Professors of NIIT University. Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Founder, NU and Chairman, NIIT Ltd.; Mr. Vijay Thadani, Co-founder, NU and Vice Chairman and MD, NIIT Ltd. and Prof. VS Rao, President, NIIT University were also present on the occasion.
At the 7th convocationceremony, more than 300 students were awarded degree certificates forsuccessful completion of various programmes at NU. While 213 students receivedB. Tech degree, M. Tech was awarded to 13 students. 62 students receivedMBA (Finance & Banking) and 45 students received degree in PG Diploma(Banking & Relationship Management). University also granted its first PhDin Educational Technology.
NU will alsobe offering courses for students having Science and Commerce background,including- BBA (Marketing & Marketing Analytics, Family Business &Entrepreneurship, Finance, Banking & Fintech, Business Analytics,Communication & Media Studies and Digital & Social Media Marketing)and 4-year Integrated BBA – MBA programme.
Speaking onthe occasion, Dr Raghunath AnantMashelkar, former Director General, Council of Scientific and IndustrialResearch (CSIR) said, “India has come a long way from being a third world country to a timewhere we will soon be world’s third largest economy. Indian innovation or‘Indovation’ is the key to providing excellence at affordable cost and I congratulateNIIT University on promoting the spirit of ‘Indovation’. I heartilycongratulate all the students and wish them a very successful career ahead.”
Mr. RajendraS Pawar, Founder, NU and Chairman, NIIT Ltd., said, “NU is continuing its experiments ineducation and pedagogy. I heartily congratulate the students on their success.I am confident that the education that they have received here will guide themthrough their lives.”
Prof. V. S. Rao, President, NIIT University, said, “This is indeed a proud moment for us. Icongratulate our team for working with conviction and commitment to shape theseyoung minds. We at NU believe in offering holistic education to groom youth totake up challenges of a fast-evolving knowledge economy. These young men and womenI hope will play critical role in giving us a better tomorrow.”
On thegraduation, all male graduating students of the university were wearing brightmaroon jacket on a silk kurta pyjama, while graduating women wore a maroonSari. When asked this question on why we don’t use common graduation gown and agraduation hat. Dr. Sunil Khanna,Dean (Research) opined that choosing traditional wear in the placeof the colonial culture of graduation gown and hats was a symbolic gesture ofleaving the old behind and moving on. It is also in keeping with the values ofTALF – The Asian Lenses Forum initiative by NU, wherein we are now looking atthe world through a different lens of Asian heritage and culture.
Theuniversity campus was brightly decorated by student and staff for theConvocation Ceremony. Graduating students also left messages for juniorstudents on the 'Memory Wall' created for this occasion. Graduating students,their parents and other eminent guests from the field of education were alsopresent on the occasion.
Conceptualizedas an institution of excellence, NU provides exceptional education based on theFour Core Principles that make learning Industry-linked, Technology-based,Research-driven and Seamless. NU, is well poised for meeting the emerging needsof the knowledge economy through its focus on building strong industry linkagesand a research oriented approach.
Over theyears, NU has been building extensive linkages with the industry – it hasactive collaboration with leading organizations like: Microsoft Research, IBM,WNS and PwC. NU now brings futuristic programs from NIIT to design a B. TechCSE program that is aligned to what the IT industry today needs. With a legacyof training over 35 million people in IT and other career focused programssince 1981, NIIT is now working towards creating a trained talent pool for thedigital economy.