Padma Shree Awardee, Kapil Dev at the 5th Convocation ceremony of Parul University
India, May 9: Parul University, one of the leading universities in India, recently held its 5th Convocation ceremony, attended by 8,500 students along with their parents. The event was graced by Kapil Dev, Padma Shree Awardee and former Indian Cricket Team Captain credited with winning the first World Cup in Cricket in 1983 for India and Dia Mirza, renowned bollywood actress, former Miss Asia Pacific International and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador as the Guests of Honour. Additionally, Dr. Devanshu Patel, President, Parul University; Dr. M. N. Patel, Provost, Parul University; Dr. H. S. Vijayakumar, Pro Vice- Chancellor; Prof. Manish Pandya, Registrar, Parul University; Hon’ble Members of the Board of Management and the Governing Body attended the ceremony to receive the graduating students.
Students from several disciplines of engineering and technology, applied sciences, commerce, arts, fine arts, library science, health administration, public health, vocational studies, pharmacy, physiotherapy, ayurved, homeopathy, nursing, architecture, agriculture, social work, design, law, computer applications, management, business administration were conferred diploma, under graduate, post graduate and doctorate degrees. A total of 5,454 graduating candidates were conferred with degrees.
Further, 61 gold medals along with 33 Certificates of Merit were awarded to the top performers of respective degree programmes. These students were recognised for their exemplary academic accomplishments and honored for their display of prowess across multiple sectors in the industry, corporate sector and higher education. Along with the meritorious students, 13 alumni of Parul University were awarded for their illustrious professional careers. Celebrating entrepreneurial spirit of its student, the University also handed an award for start up.
Students like Yash Arunbhai Dhaduk, a research associate with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Madras; or Suraj Mistry, a business intelligence software developer at Synoptek India; Vrunda Savaliya, a software engineer at Gateway Group and Sevrina Duatre working with Courtyard, Marriott Hotels have re-inforced the pedagogy of Parul University.
Some of the University’s gold medalists have established their careers abroad such as Bharat Tyagi, a Pharmacy Assistant at Walmart Pharmacy, Canada; Deepa Thomas working as biology teacher in the Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates amongst others.
In addition, a number of the University’s gold medalists have also established their careers in entrepreneurship. One such gold medalist, Dr. Ritu Lalwani, has launched her online practice, Serenity Homeopathic Clinic. Several of the student gold medalists have been pursuing their higher studies in India and abroad, while the others have been preparing for careers in civil services amongst other.
Dr. M. N. Patel congratulated all the graduating students and wished them best for their future endeavors and urged them to continue making small efforts everyday to achieve great success.
Dia Mirza said that apart from education and skills, connection with people matters the most. She said that her connection with people has helped her immensely in her personal and professional life. Hence, she urged students to listen to their inner voice which will guide them throughout their life to success and fulfillment and to always strive to ensure safety and well being of the earth.
In his address to the students, Kapil Dev emphasized that all the graduating candidates are fortunate ones as there are many who don’t have access to higher education. He stressed that in these challenging and troubled times, we need to rely much on the power of love to comfort one another and help one another. He also urged candidates to use the education for the betterment of our country. He congratulated all the stakeholders of the University for bestowing the gift of education on the graduating candidates.
Dr. Devanshu J Patel told the students that success is not owned. It is rented and the rent is due every day. There are people who have chosen to create success in their lives; the likes of Kapil Dev and Dia Mirza who chose to break out from the shackles of their comfort zone.The character of an individual is tested when he or she is surrounded by darkness and insurmountable challenges. Despite the fear of failure, one should choose to pursue success. One should not accept that our lives will always be trouble free. Instead, we should face challenges with determination, grit and self- confidence.