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SPPU convocation: New chair for yoga under the aegis of Patanjali yoga centre

At the ceremony, a total of 11 students were felicitated with gold medals for their academic excellence.

pune Updated: Jun 03, 2018 17:21 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Gold medallists, awarded for their academic excellence, after the 113th convocation ceremony of Savitribai Phule Pune University, on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), on Friday, announced the establishment of a new chair for yoga, under the aegis of Patanjali yoga centre, Pune.

“I am lucky to announce that yesterday (Thursday)Ramkumar Rathi, a renowned yoga exponent and founder Chiranjiv foundation, donated Rs 1 crore for the establishment of a yoga chair in the university. This will be soon initiated in order to further research in the discipline,” said Karmalkar. He was speaking on the occasion of the 113th convocation of the varsity, on Friday.

At the ceremony, a total of 11 students were felicitated with gold medals for their academic excellence. Dnyaneshwar Mulay, current secretary in the ministry of external affairs (MEA), was also present at the occasion as the chief guest and delivered the convocation speech.

Encouraging the young awardees with a number of insights, Mulay said,“As you receive your degrees, your journey begins to make the best of your education and your life. The question is how will you do it. My advice is to be unique in whatever you do. Rather than being a copy of others, stay original. Only then will you be able to leave your imprints on the sands of time and be remembered always.”

“Another important factor is to be the change you want to see. Look at the issues surrounding you, including the reviving of Mula and Mutha rivers, creation of local jobs and waste management, to make Pune the cleanest city, Traffic management using innovative technology is also a challenge that needs to be tackled. The possibilities are endless, if you are willing to be brave and lead as an innovator,” added Mulay.

He further emphasised on the phenomenon of brain drain in India and said,“Overseas education not only drains our economy, but also our intellectual reservoir. Our challenge lies in keeping our youth in the country by creating an environment conducive to creativity, positivity and innovation.”

Mulay exemplified the success in making passport procedure more accessible in country to bring out the need for the youth to address mass impact issues in the country.“I am proud to say today that in a year, we have been able to establish 227 passport offices in India, of which 25 are in Maharashtra.”

A total of 106 doctorate degrees, 54 master of philosophy degrees, 63 postgraduate diplomas, 3,994 graduate degrees,3,006 postgraduate degrees and 21 diploma certificates were awarded at the ceremony.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 17:21 IST