More than 400 students were conferred degrees, university medals and degrees of doctor of philosophy (PhD) during the 38th convocation of Punjabi University on Wednesday by Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the chancellor of the university.
Addressing the students, Solanki stressed on the need for technical growth and the imbibing the relevant skills in our youth to bring the country on a par with developed countries around the world.
The chancellor's award in academics was awarded to Sameer Dhawan and Trisha Deb, an international archer, for her outstanding performance in the field of sports.
"The youth must develop a sense of social belonging. I also have a special sense of appreciation of girl students as they have bettered the boys, especially during the ongoing graduation ceremony," the governor said.
"Students should not forget that whatever they get or achieve has been obtained from the society, we live in. It, therefore, becomes our moral duty to give dividends to the society," he added.
Solanki added education was a vital component of any country's progress and human resources played an important part in development, adding that the varsity also needed to be lauded for taking higher education to rural areas.
In his convocation address, Pankaj Chande, former president, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), said the ancient education system in India laid emphasis shaping a positive personality of the student.
"The Indian education system is teacher-centric and the western education system is student-centric and both the systems have their own positive and negative sides. We need to make our students take decisions independently without losing their humility and respect for contrary opinion," Chande said, adding original research needed to be inculcated in higher education from the undergraduate level.
Award for 88-year-old professor
At the convocation, 88-year-old noted Punjabi scholar professor Kirpal Singh Kasel was awarded with DLitt (honoris causa) who said that he was happy to have received the award.
"I am happy to see that the university is working for the development of the Punjabi language," he added.
"I always wished for the creation of such institution, which works for promoting the Punjabi language and the university has managed to do it over the years," he said.
University Grants Commission (UGC) secretary Jaspal Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa were also present on the occasion as special guests of honour.
Chancellor's award winners
The chancellor's award in academics was awarded to Sameer Dhawan and Trisha Deb, an international archer, for her outstanding performance.
Students should not forget that whatever they get or achieve has been obtained from the society we live in. They must give back to society.
Kaptan Singh Solanki, Punjab governor and Punjabi University chancellor
We need to make our students take decisions independently without losing their humility and respect for contrary opinion.
Pankaj Chande, former president, Association of Indian Universities, in his convocation address