Governor NN Vohra, who is Chancellor of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) today said that equal attention to academic excellence and ethical values is the need of the hour, while addressing the 5th Convocation of the University wherein Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was the Chief Guest.
The Governor awarded 837 degrees including PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The Prime Minister gave away 20 Medals and 36 Certificates of Excellence and Distinction to meritorious students.
The Governor congratulated all those who received degrees at the Convocation and wished them high success in their future careers. He also complimented all those who were presented medals, certificates and awards by the Prime Minister.
The Governor said that it was a proud moment for the University that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among them and addressing the Convocation. He said that this important event had assumed added significance as a little while earlier the Prime Minister had inaugurated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, in the immediate neighborhood of the University, thus fulfilling another long awaited dream of the Shrine Board to contribute towards providing better healthcare for the people at large, at affordable prices.
Recalling the objectives of the establishment of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, the Governor said that this institution aims at achieving excellence in teaching and research along with nurturing sound moral, ethical and spiritual values among the students, crucial for the holistic development of youth and making them valuable members of the society.
The Governor said that, by all account, the students graduating from this University are imbued with ethical values, besides being well trained in their chosen areas of specialization, which makes them distinct from their counterpart in other Universities. He mentioned that this University, in spite of being very young, finds the 80th place among the top 100 Universities in the country, based on a recent survey conducted by the Union Ministry of HRD.
The Governor observed that the conceptualization of this University as a fully residential, scientific and technological University was a first in the State of J&K and he is happy that the successful implementation of this model has paved the way for others to follow.
In just over a decade of its existence the University has produced over 2700 students who have become successful Engineers, Architects, Business Managers, Teachers and Researchers, and can be found in organizations, institutions, MNCs and universities of repute in India and abroad.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister recalled the happy memories of her own student years and exhorted upon the scholars to always respect the diversity and pluralistic ethos of the country. She said that it is our responsibility to lend every possible help to the non-local students who have come here for studies so that when they leave this State they would carry cherished memories of their stay here and be our goodwill ambassadors.