Chennai: Hindustan University held its 8th convocation ceremony at the University in Padur. The event commenced with the invocation by singing Thamizh Thai Vazhthu and proceeded by the convocation being declared open by the Chancellor, Dr. Elizabeth Verghese. The welcome address and report were presented by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. S. Ramachandran.
Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Ashok Verghese and Dr. Aby Sam, Director, Dr. Pon. Ramalingam, Registrar, Deputy Directors, Deans, HOD’s, BOM members, Faculty and students along with their parents participated in the event.
During the convocation, 979 UG candidates. 214 PG candidates and 25 Ph.D. candidates received their degrees. The Chancellor awarded their degree after which the Vice-Chancellor readout the citation.
Dr. S.Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D) & Chairman, DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) was presented the award of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) along with Guests of Honour; Mr. Mecca Rafeeque Ahammed, Chairman, Farida Group of Companies, Mr. Alex Jacob, Structural Engineer, United Consultant, and Padma Shri Narain Karthikeyan, International Formula One Racing Driver. All of them gave an acceptance speech after receiving the Honoris causa.
Through the convocation report, Dr. S. Ramachandran proudly exclaimed, “there has been a marked improvement and significant increase in all the domains of academics which was possible because of the commitment of our faculty, staff and students alike and able guidance and encouragement by the management.” He further articulated his gratitude and happiness on obtaining a CGPA of 3.3 on 4 by the NAAC peer team. In terms of world recognition, he proudly informed that the university has been rated 3 Stars by the world-renowned international rankings organization Quacquarelli Symonds QS. He mentioned that Hindustan University is the only institution certified with 5S Workplace Management by TUV (Rheinland) India. Dr. Ramachandran proudly highlighted the awards and recognitions received by the institution, management, staff and students during this academic year.
As part of the Chancellor’s address, Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, stressed the importance of research in engineering education so as to create quality engineers to contribute to the sustainable and economic growth of the nation. She proudly announced that the Hindustan Group of Institutions has completed 50 years in the field of educational excellence by contributing the best engineers to the society. She concluded the address by quoting the words of great philosopher Dalai Lama “The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently.”
Mr. Mecca Rafeeque Ahammed, in his speech, expressed his deep appreciation and humility to be honored for the recognition given to him and the worker community of his firm. He told that the footwear industry has produced a huge number of job opportunities for the low-income households
Mr. Alex Jacob in his felicitation address congratulated all the graduates and thanked Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science for honoring his contributions to the society by conferring Honoris Causa. He told that the quality of graduates testifies the excellence of Hindustan Group of Institutions and also urged the students to remain humble in all walks of their life.
Narain Karthikeyan Padmashri expressed sincere gratitude for bestowing the Honoris Causa and told that it is a sign of recognition to the field of motorsports. He said this kind of recognition will be an inspiration for other aspirants in the field of motorsports which happens to be a new arena. He also recollected the sustained hard work with a goal to become a successful Formula One Driver right from his childhood. He advised the students to be focused on their aim. He urged the students to step out of their comfort zone to achieve greater heights.
Dr. S. Christopher, Chief Guest of the ceremony, in his address to the graduates reminded that convocation is the day of the culmination of their studies, but it marks the beginning of the real challenges ahead in their lives. He applauded the mission of the University and stated that it has to be the goal of all educational institutions to achieve excellence. He also reminded students the importance of developing a professional culture in respective arenas and told that “actions speak louder than words”. He motivated the students by sharing the success stories of great scientists and inventors like Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein. He also inaugurated the Ayrton Senna Motorsport Hub at Hindustan University.
The convocation dissolved after the oath taking ceremony by the successful graduates of Hindustan University. Planting of Saplings by the Guests was held at University grounds.
Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science (Hindustan University) is a prestigious Deemed University located in Chennai, India, and offers a wide spectrum of Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research and Doctoral Programs. HITS is the only institution in the country with a fleet of 40 aircraft at the disposal of its students and includes Cessna, Harvard, MIG and a Boeing 737 apart from many other and the state-of-the-art aeronautic labs are equipped with simulators for the budding engineers. University has a strong focus on Internationalization and has a cosmopolitan ambiance promoting a holistic learning environment.
The institution is accredited with an “A” Grade by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC), Govt. of India. National Board of Accreditation (NBA), India has recognized the School of Aeronautical Sciences. The University established 14 Research Centres in collaboration with reputed Organizations and hosts sophisticated equipment and research facilities. It has active academic collaborations with over 50 International Organizations.
The institution has been bestowed Good Green Governance award five times in a row in recognition of the green initiatives implemented in its 150-acre lush green campus. It is the only institution certified with 5S Workplace Management by TUV (Rheinland) India.