Renowned entrepreneur Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, was awarded a honorary doctorate degree for his outstanding achievements and contribution to the technology domain by the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Kapurthala.
Mittal was here to confer degrees on the students of graduate, post-graduate and PhD courses from various disciplines ranging from engineering to hotel management during the 12th annual convocation of PTU.
Sunil Kant Munjal, joint managing director of Hero MotoCorp and chairman, board of governors, PTU, presided over the event.
As many as 76 graduates, 66 post-graduates and 40 doctorate degrees were awarded to students in both regular as well as distance education courses.
In his convocation address, Mittal shared his tale of success and stressed the importance of fruitful implementation of technology.
He said, "I'm quite honoured to receive a doctorate degree. I had started with a small unit of bicycles in Ludhiana and initiated few other businesses after graduation and the rest is the history. The students who are receiving degrees today are the future pillars of nation and I wish them to come up with latest notions of technology. Today, banks are fully supporting the tech-savvy ideas. You just need to step out of your comfort zone".
Munjal, in his address, said, "The distance education programme has been reformed and launched as 'EDvantage'- a digital learning programme in open distance learning mode. I believe this will surely be proved as an innovative step in distance education courses. We are uniquely blessed with skillful talent and now the pass-out students shall build the nation with their innovative ideas and intense passion and dedication."
Dr Rajneesh Arora, vice chancellor, while talking about the various initiatives taken by the PTU, said that the university was all set to fulfill its Mount Everest mission.
Dr Arora said, "In 2015, our 15 students will go on an expedition to the Mount Everest and in 2017, they would be followed by ten female students. In 2020, our students would be participating in Mount Everest expedition in collaboration with the students of international universities".