Chennai, September 27, 2018: “Education must enlighten individuals making them not only lead a life with confidence and dignity but also instill humanness trait as well as moral codes”, said Prof. (Dr.) Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Chief Guest of the 9th Convocation of Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS). HITS celebrated its jubilant of 9th Convocation on September 15, 2018, Saturday wherein 1230 graduands including 35 Ph.D., 3 M.Phil., 162 PG, 781 UG, and 249 UG Arts and Science received their degree.
The event witnessed Mr. Lalit Gupta, Joint Director General, Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation; and Honorary Secretary General, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) as Guest of Honour. Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor HITS; Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro-Chancellor, HITS; Dr. Aby Sam, Director, HITS; and Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS; members of the Board of Management, graduands and their parents partook in the event.
Dr.Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, HITS, in her address reminiscences the Founder-Chairman, Late Dr. K.C.G. Verghese’s saying, “To Make Everyman a Success and No Man a Failure” aptly fits this Convocation day in its special way as it bestows graduation degrees and acknowledges one’s years of hard work and commitment shown by the graduands in academics. She felt extremely happy to note the overall accomplishments of students from the Annual Report read by Dr. K.P. Isaac, Vice Chancellor, HITS. She identified tremendous improvement in all domains of the institution as an absolute indication of the commitment shown by the faculty and students. Further, she voiced that all successful people were once mere dreamers who imagined what their future could be ideal in every aspect and have toiled each day towards that distant vision or goal. “Education does not stop with mere graduation; rather it should teach a lifetime lesson” here, I wish my beloved graduands to dream what their future could be and relentlessly strive towards it, concluded the Chancellor.
Prof. (Dr.) Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE in his address congratulated the graduands for receiving the degrees and remarked that it aptly fell on Engineer’s Day.
He emphasized the need for Creation, Assimilation, and Dissemination as main objectives of one's mind. Further, he expressed his happiness towards following care, concern, and compassion as key elements of life since the inception of Institution in 1985. Also, he highlighted the vitality of Industry linkages, research activities, signing MoUs, and sensitizing students towards social issues and natural calamities as essential parameters of education. Prof. Sahasrabudhe requested the graduands to stay connected with their alma mater and continue contributing towards its development. In a broader perspective, he stressed on the strength of Alumni chapters and congratulated HITS for establishing Alumni Chapters pan India and abroad as well. The address concluded with laying importance to the lifelong learning process as education has no boundaries to confine itself.
The Guest of Honour, Mr. Lalit Gupta, Joint Director General, Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation; and Honorary Secretary General, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) was honoured with the Honoris causa degree as an acknowledgment of his accomplishments and for lifelong significant contribution in India’s competitive aviation sector, and being a leading figure in design and development of aircraft, flight safety and aviation environment. In the acceptance speech, Mr. Lalit Gupta conveyed his wishes to the graduands on their graduation and thanked the Institution for bestowing Honoris Causa degree on him.
The convocation dissolved after Pledge was taken by the successful graduates followed by the National Anthem. As a sign of growth and progression, saplings were planted by the honourable guests at Founder’s Block; and ALSIM AL 250, a state-of-art Simulator was also inaugurated.