1187 degrees awarded including PhD, post graduate and graduate degrees at Shoolini University Convocation
Solan, February 27, 2019: “Having a great dream is not unusual, waking up and putting your dream into action is. I challenge each of you not just to dream, but to wake up and plan, and push along to make that dream a reality. Take action on your dreams and you will eventually be successful. Never give up”, said Ramesh Mehan, Chancellor, Shoolini University while addressing the 4th convocation of the University at the varsity campus in Solan here on Wednesday.
Shoolini University Chancellor Mr Ramesh Mehan, a leading industrialist and philanthropist was the chief guest on the occasion. A total of 1187 students received degrees, who had completed their PhD, post graduate and graduate degrees, included conferment of 51 PhD degrees. He also awarded 26 gold medals and nine merit certificates to the students, who had done extremely well in their academic fields. Mr Vinay Pande, Head master, Lawrence school, Sanawar, was Guest of Honour of this Convocation.
During the convocation, chief guest Mr Ramesh Mehan awarded PhD degrees and MPhil degrees and delivered a key note address to the students and said, “Our university’s success story provides us two great life lessons. First - dreams can come true. Second - if we want our dreams to come true, we have to be willing to do a lot of hard work! Everything ever accomplished by great leaders and heroes is the direct result of taking action. Remember, you can be the hero of your own life. ”
He said it has been an outstanding year for the university which has experienced huge success in rankings, while both staff and students have been recognized for their contributions & achievement in research and technology. Shoolini has surpassed 10 best NIRF ranked varsities in research output indicators and that is an awesome achievement, he said, adding, he had no doubt that Shoolini University will continue to make huge contributions towards our nation’s growth and success.
“As you face challenges in life, instead of hiding in your shell, stick your neck out, go out and meet these challenges head on. I truly believe that many of you will become great leaders and heroes, and make your mark in the future of India, and the world as great scientists, managers and entrepreneurs”, said Chancellor Mehan.
Prof. P.K. Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University while addressing the students and the faculty said, Shoolini University, established on October 16, 2009, has outclassed in citational research the top ten Indian Universities and Indian IITs, NITs and IISERs. This achievement can be gauged from the fact that The Times Higher Education allocates thirty percent marks to citational research.
Prof Khosla said, “In next three years, we plan to improve our international perception both in research and teaching along with fund generation from Indian and global donors and also to increase partnership with the industries. Our aim is to enhance the number of doctoral faculty from existing sixty per cent to eighty per cent in coming three years. The percentage of international faculty is also required to be increased from existing seven teachers to fifty and the current number of 51 international students to three hundred so as to match global standards.
Other prominent guests included, Renee Mehan, first lady of the Shoolini University; Prof H. C. Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Horticulture and Forestry University; Satish Anand, Pro Chancellor of Shoolini University; Prof Atul Khosla, Pro Vice Chancellor; Saroj Khosla, President Foundation; Ashok Anand, Vice President Foundation; Vishal Anand, Gagan Anand, Members of the Trust, among others.
It may be recalled, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an admired spiritual master and founder of the Art of Living Foundation was the chief guest of 3rd convocation, who felicitated the students and encouraged them to strive for excellence in their fields. Former President of India Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the chief guest at the first convocation of the University. The second convocation was presided over by Noble laureate Robert Huber, a German scientist, who had emphasized on the importance of research.