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Past Convocations

Nirma University organises Convocations with the objective of conferring Degrees and awards of medals concerning such Degrees to its students. In addition, the University accords prime importance to the convocations as a means to acknowledge, appreciate and award the endeavours of the students.

Convocations are scheduled in the month of April and October every year so that the students graduating under different programmes can receive the degrees at the earliest completion of their course. In the month of April the degrees are conferred to the students from the Institute of Management and Institute of Law. In October the degrees are awarded to the students from Institute of Technology, Institute of Pharmacy and Institute of Science. The PhD students graduating from the University are conferred degrees during both the convocations.

Further the University also has a tradition of inviting luminaries and veterans from diverse fields to confer the awards to the meritorious students and also to inspire and motivate and enlighten the students.

The Twenty Fifth Convocation of the University was held on April 24, 2018.

Below is the Convocation address by Shri Deepak Kumar Hota at Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President Nirma University, Shri K K Patel, Vice President Nirma University, Dr Anup K Singh, Director General Nirma University, distinguished members of Board of Governors, Directors of Institutes, faculty and staff, graduating students and their parents, invited guests, media representatives, ladies and gentlemen.
It gives me great pleasure to be here amidst all of you today, in this world-class institution. The commitment of the University in creating excellent facilities and infrastructure, essential for quality education and all-round development of students is well evident. The campus unmistakably, is providing an ideal environment for the young and enthusiastic students to pursue various graduate, post graduate and doctoral level programmes combining both rigor and relevance.
At the outset, hearty congratulations to each one of the young scholars present here. We today celebrate your accomplishment, of having successfully completed your respective programmes. You need to be justifiably proud of yourselves; having worked hard and imbibed requisite knowledge and skills, enabled by the proficient faculty of this institution. I am sure and confident that your education and talent will stand you in good stead to face the challenges in the corporate world or in your entrepreneurial journey, which some of you may choose to undertake.

While you are stepping into your professional careers especially in the corporate world, you need to be aware that your approach towards accomplishment of your goals will have to be entirely different from how you have been habituated so far. From early education onwards, each one of you have been coaxed and persuaded to do well in studies and come out on top of the class. You are accustomed to individual effort to be ahead of your fellow students in your academic journey. However, as a manager and leader, your performance more often than not, will be gauged by your performance as part of a team. Ram Charan, the global business advisor, author and speaker who has served on the Harvard Business School faculty, talks about the six turns in the leadership pipeline which are major life events of a leader and in that, the first ‘passage’ is from managing self to managing others.
The skills people should learn at this first leadership passage include planning work, assigning work, motivating and measuring the work of others. First-time managers need to learn how to reallocate their time so that they not only complete their assigned work but also help others perform effectively. You cannot allocate all of your time to seizing opportunities and handling tasks yourselves. You need to shift from doing work to getting work done.

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The Twenty Fifth Convocation of the University was held on April 24, 2018.

Below is the Convocation address by Shri Deepak Kumar Hota at Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President Nirma University, Shri K K Patel, Vice President Nirma University, Dr Anup K Singh, Director General Nirma University, distinguished members of Board of Governors, Directors of Institutes, faculty and staff, graduating students and their parents, invited guests, media representatives, ladies and gentlemen.
It gives me great pleasure to be here amidst all of you today, in this world-class institution. The commitment of the University in creating excellent facilities and infrastructure, essential for quality education and all-round development of students is well evident. The campus unmistakably, is providing an ideal environment for the young and enthusiastic students to pursue various graduate, post graduate and doctoral level programmes combining both rigor and relevance.
At the outset, hearty congratulations to each one of the young scholars present here. We today celebrate your accomplishment, of having successfully completed your respective programmes. You need to be justifiably proud of yourselves; having worked hard and imbibed requisite knowledge and skills, enabled by the proficient faculty of this institution. I am sure and confident that your education and talent will stand you in good stead to face the challenges in the corporate world or in your entrepreneurial journey, which some of you may choose to undertake.

While you are stepping into your professional careers especially in the corporate world, you need to be aware that your approach towards accomplishment of your goals will have to be entirely different from how you have been habituated so far. From early education onwards, each one of you have been coaxed and persuaded to do well in studies and come out on top of the class. You are accustomed to individual effort to be ahead of your fellow students in your academic journey. However, as a manager and leader, your performance more often than not, will be gauged by your performance as part of a team. Ram Charan, the global business advisor, author and speaker who has served on the Harvard Business School faculty, talks about the six turns in the leadership pipeline which are major life events of a leader and in that, the first ‘passage’ is from managing self to managing others.
The skills people should learn at this first leadership passage include planning work, assigning work, motivating and measuring the work of others. First-time managers need to learn how to reallocate their time so that they not only complete their assigned work but also help others perform effectively. You cannot allocate all of your time to seizing opportunities and handling tasks yourselves. You need to shift from doing work to getting work done.

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The Twenty Fourth Convocation of the University was held on November 06, 2017.

Below is the Convocation address by Shri Narendra K Verma, at Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

Hon’ble Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, Chairman, Nirma Education and Research Foundation and President of the Nirma University, Dr Anup K Singh, Director General, Nirma University, distinguished faculty and staff of the University, Graduates of the Year, Invited Guests, friends from Media, Ladies and Gentlemen. Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great: A P J Abdul Kalam As all of you stand today at the hallowed portals of learning that has defined your education for the past few years, it will stand you in good stead to recall these inspirational lines from one of the greatest luminaries to ever occupy the highest constitutional post in the land. A seat of learning forms the bulwark of providing you with the tools to face the wider world outside; however it’s the creativity that stems from this learning that helps you to convert this learning into that vital collation of facts, information and skills that we call knowledge. And it is the harnessing of this knowledge for the greater good of humanity, society, your nation and your immediate environment that will truly define your success in the years to come, and not just material well-being and growth. To understand this and imbibe it within, is to understand the true essence of knowledge that this esteemed institute of learning has endeavoured to impart to you. Representing the field of science and specifically of Energy, it behooves me to quote a scientific axiom to explain the essence of this societal obligation. The Law of Conservation of Energy unequivocally states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be converted from one form to another. And substantial amounts of energy and positivity has been expended in imparting learning to you from these hallowed portals. And as you absorb this energy, metabolize it and expend it further, remember at all times that this nation and this society needs your contributions. Use this energy wisely; harness the creativity within. To do that, I have only one guiding light to provide you: the principle of SEEK, an apt acronym for the yearnings of the soul. The S stands for Skilling; learning is nothing if its remains devoid of skills to contribute to the society. Evaluate where you stand; have you skilled yourself well? Do your skills add to the larger scientific, managerial, technical, educational pool of the country? This government has been visionary in identifying skilling as a vital tool for national growth; now we have a Ministry dedicated purely to Skill Development. This is vital bridge for removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, building the vocational and technical training framework, skill up-gradation, building of new skills, and innovative thinking not only for existing jobs but also jobs that are to be created. Prestigious institutions such as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and IIT Bombay are partners in this process; may I suggest Nirma University too become a part of this transformational initiative. To use modern-day phraseology, Skill Development is a no-brainer. And there is no end to developing new skills. I am a trained geoscientist with 35 years of industry experience in a knowledge industry, yet every day I learn new concepts in reservoir engineering, fracking and other arcane technological concepts, and try to equip myself with suitable tools to interpret the same for my decision-making. I exhort you too to make skilling and upskilling a basic ingredient of your career growth. The E stands of Employability. Learning alone will not contribute to nation building; how you harness that learning to make yourself more valuable, using the tools provided by S above, is the key to employability. Be always aware that learning may come from education, but wisdom comes from living. To live and survive in the world outside, employability is the fundamental criteria which will define the value you create for your nation and society, be mindful of the same. Now let us discuss the second E. You are learned; you have skills; and you have employability. In many ways, you are priceless for a country hungering for pioneering human resources. This is where you take the leap into the last E, Entrepreneurship. Don’t just be employable, employ. Do not just skill yourself, skill others. Give wings to your ideas, create workable templates from this ideation. Both Governmental and Private institutions are supporting entrepreneurship incubation like never before; use the opportunity. Disruption is part of our lives now; whether it is Uber disrupting car ownership, or AirBnB redefining the hotel business. Be a part of that disruption; overturn conventional wisdom to create new paradigms of business and entrepreneurship. And coming from an industry that is witnessing renewables and EVs creating potential for their own form of disruption, I request you to ideate and innovate in this new and exciting field, where potential for massive innovation exists. And once you have harnessed the three pillars of Skilling, Employability and Entrepreneurship, built on the foundations of Learning that you have imbibed in this grand institution, you have truly achieved greatness as envisaged by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, because you have truly harnessed Knowledge, the final K in SEEK. You become a contributing, valuable entity in this vast and somewhat bewildering nation of ours, with its immense possibilities and potential. Become a part of that possibility, become a part of that potential, and make this nation achieve its rightful place in the comity of nations, as dreamed by our founding fathers. Jai Hind !

The Twenty Third Convocation of the University was held on April 20, 2017.

Below is the Convocation address by Prof Ved Prakash: Hon’ble Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, Chairman, Nirma Education and Research Foundation and President of the Nirma University, Dr Anup K Singh, Director General, Nirma University, Members of the Faculties and Staff of the University, Graduates of the Year, Invited Guests, friends from Media, Ladies and Gentlemen: I feel it a privilege and an honour to be invited to deliver the Convocation address of Nirma University, Ahmedabad. I learn with interest that Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, a Padma Shri Awardee, established the Nirma University in Ahmedabad in the year 2003. In its journey of twelve years, the University that was established as the first Private University in the State of Gujarat, with the objective of developing high quality professionals which reflect and demonstrate values that the University stands for, through innovation and continuous improvement in facilitation of learning, research and extension activities has done exceedingly well. The University has set up ten Institutes / Departments. I congratulate you, young scholars, as you were a part of this Alma Mater for getting the best out of it in the meaningful years of your life. You are graduating from this university today with distinctions, honours and achievements. The seal of this university on your achievements will remain your prized possession for all times to come. The learning for which you had an opportunity to imbibe at this university will be remembered by you in whatever walk of life you enter after leaving the portals of this institution. Alma Maters are unique institutions which provide enriching insights which influence your accomplishments in the experiences that you gather later in life. I give my best wishes for the bright future of all of you.

The higher education scenario in the country presents an interesting example of a meteoric rise in the number of institutions as well as the enrolments since our independence. There were only 20 universities and 500 colleges with 0.1 million students at the time India attained independence. This has increased to 844 universities, including institutions of national importance, and 40,700 Colleges. The enrolments in Universities in the country has increased by 26.37 times, in the Colleges 58 times, since 1950. Besides this the number of Teachers has increased 52 times. Even though there is a significant growth in student enrolment in higher education, especially in the last two decades, the GER in higher education is still lesser than the world’s average GER (27%) and much lower than that of developed nations. In spite of the expansion of higher education that has been witnessed so far, the country still needs to enhance access and expansion to meet the aspirations of the youth population craving to taste the benefits of higher education and to contribute to the social and economic development of the country. We will require more institutions of higher education with particular focus on catering to the needs of the youth belonging to the under-privileged and un-served areas. The regional imbalance that we experience today will have to be mitigated by taking a pro-active stance for providing access and expansion not only among the marginalized sections of population but to consciously provide for opportunities for education of young people including girls belonging to scheduled castes (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs), minorities, other backward classes (OBCs) and physically and mentally challenged young population. In an ageing world, India is poised for reaping demographic dividends. About 12.8 million young persons are joining the working class every year. It is expected that the labour force in India is likely to increase by 32% over the next 20 years while it will decline by 4% in industrialized nations. India will have a large productive population of 75% by 2025. There is, however, a mismatch between population and educational infrastructure which is evidenced by the fact that the density of higher education institutions is more in the western and southern states whereas the demographic advantage is in the north, east and northeastern states.

It is interesting to note that 96% of enrolment in higher education is in the state and private university system. Any attempt at improving and consolidating the situation will require a new mission mode to incentivize state institutions based on academic, administrative and governance reforms. This problem is being addressed through the National Mission on Higher Education through Rashtriya Uchttar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) following the success of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) at the school level.

Today’s reality of higher education demands focus on the four Es of Expansion, Equity, Excellence and Employability. We need to enhance the GER, create new infrastructure, strengthen state institutions and enhance teaching capacities. An equally important concern is to ensure gender parity, reach the unreached, bridge the urban rural divide and address the educational needs of all social groups towards attaining the goals of inclusive education. Expansion and equity is not enough if excellence does not become our watchword. Mandatory accreditation of institutions, their periodic assessments, enriching faculty resources and focus on research and innovation are the key interventions we need to nurture towards quality and excellence.

Although university as a system is for creation of new knowledge, in the changing scenario, employability has also become an important concern. There is a need for enhancing skill development initiatives and implementing National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) for mobility between vocational and main stream education. Industry-academia interaction has been proverbially weak and needs to be strengthened involving Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. Although this inter-linkage has been attempted, the research and development function through university-industry interface is not as prominent in the culture of our universities as it ought to be. The subject needs to be put on discourse to overcome barriers to a joint collaboration of curriculum and courses mutually relevant to both the university and industry. It may be worthwhile on the part of our university academics to make a detailed study of how this interface works effectively in the university system elsewhere in the world and outline strategies which can enhance such an interface with our industries in the country, and provide indigenous solutions to the problems critical for solution. Equal Opportunity Cells (EOCs) in the universities and colleges has been an important intervention of the UGC. These Cells should work with the Internal Quality Assessment Cells (IQAC) to monitor the social diversity in the composition of the institution, the status of implementation of legally mandated reservation as applicable, progress in the implementation of schemes, educational performance of the SC/ST/Minority and OBC (non-creamy layer) students. There should be appropriate publicity of the schemes for all backward communities so that they can avail themselves of the facilities. The progress on the above parameters should be put on the website of the universities. I have no doubt that the Nirma University is in the forefront of addressing these concerns. Education today is impoverished if it fails to utilise the orientation that can be provided to it by technology-enabled interventions. There is a need to ensure connectivity amongst institutions of higher education through National Knowledge Network (NKN) which is now connecting 26,000 colleges/university/research laboratories. Another intervention is to exploit the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT) for qualitative improvement of curriculum transaction and exposure of teachers and students to the frontiers of knowledge. Research and innovations are at the heart of developmental perspectives in higher education. The quality of research lays the foundation for the recognition of our institutions in their global ranking. This is a subject of concern as our universities need to improve their profiles, overcoming all barriers which hamper the growth and development of high-end research. Let me assure that there is no dearth of resources for supporting research, there is only a serious need for insightful minds to undertake interdisciplinary research which is the need of the hour. Innovation platform and innovation centres need to be established along with innovation and incubation parks, simultaneously participating in international collaboration. Academic education needs to be interfaced with meaningful skill development initiatives for a fairly large number of young population may not be tuned to research and academic careers but they have the foundation of applying their acquired knowledge to the development of skills which can earn them a place of respect in the society. The foundation for this has to be laid in the school and the un-organized sector. Vocational education programmes in secondary and senior secondary school have not received the success they deserve in spite of the exaltations outlined in the Education Commission (1964-66). The issue of skilled human resource has received due attention in the higher education sector through the setting up of Community Colleges and Community Polytechnics, strengthening existing polytechnics and even enhancing stature of vocational education by bringing it into the domain of higher education by offering B Voc and Career-Oriented Courses in the university system. Quality and excellence dimension in all domains of learning has to be the most prominent agenda of our university system. I find it very relevant to quote the Hon’ble President of India in this connection: “The quality of education has to be the focus of our attention now. We can be world leaders in education, if only we discover the will and leadership to take us to that pinnacle. Education is no longer just the privilege of the elite, but a universal right. It is the seed of a nation’s destiny. We must usher in an education revolution that becomes a launching pad for the national resurgence”.

It is agreed that excellence in higher education is possible through greater autonomy coupled with higher and performance-linked funding for universities that sustain excellence. It can also happen through enhancing skill and pedagogic awareness of teachers for improving instructional dynamics besides expanding and reforming faculty development initiatives and incentivizing faculty and student mobility across institutions for cross fertilization of ideas.

There is also a possibility of enhancing technology-mediated teaching and learning and expanding e-resource availability to students and teachers. Also instituting awards to faculty for reflecting their achievements on global platforms can go a long way in promoting excellence. It is an accepted fact that an essential mandate of the university system is to teach and train high quality personnel who can face the challenging assignments of a dynamic society. Instituting curricular, pedagogical, assessment, research and organizational innovations can be an important intervention. Establishment of special incubation centres and research parks can provide a fillip to research and innovation. It will be relevant to provide special funding to research-intensive universities. There is a need for clearer articulation of the concept of internationalization of higher education. Providing greater autonomy to institutions to enter into collaborative partnerships with the best universities abroad can be an important initiative besides working out areas of collaboration and exchange programmes. It would be relevant to design policy measures to attract foreign scholars to enroll in Indian universities. Augmenting the faculty with intellectual resources available outside the system in the form of professors can go a long way in meeting the need of faculty shortages. There is a need to introduce more efficient and productive models of improving the governance system. Reducing the burden of affiliation system through amendment of Acts by the state universities is an important concern. Developing an overarching regulatory framework for effective coordination of regulatory agencies is also the need of the hour.

Quality education warrants an inspiring learning ambience on the campuses of institutions of higher learning. Combating the menace of ragging and ensuring ragging-free campus life is an important concern. The UGC has recently brought out a publication on Measures for Safety of Women on Campuses and the efforts needed for Gender sensitization. These are some of the positive initiatives for providing safe learning environment on our university campuses.

The needs of expansion of higher education will require that new modes of delivery of higher education are articulated differently. In an ideal situation, the focus should be on delivery of quality higher education independent of the mode which means that the borders between “conventional”, dual mode and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) should get blurred. ODL can be on a strong wicket only if it is played well and its processes are comprehensively addressed. A strong accreditation mechanism which emphasizes on internal quality checks and external reviews is important. Let me end by wishing that the graduates coming out the portal of this great university will bring all the pride and glory to the institution and also to themselves by their performance in their actual life in whatever station of life they choose for themselves. Thank you

The Twenty Second Convocation of the University was held on October 21, 2016. Lord Bhikhu Parekh, the political theorist and labour member of the House of Lords was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
Lord Bhikhu delivered the convocation address and presented scholastic medals to the students of the University. In his motivational address he reflected on the quality of our higher education; and the quality of scientific teaching in our Universities. He stressed on how Higher education is not about rote learning or accumulation of knowledge. Rather it is about the cultivation of the capacity to think analytically and critically. He also emphasized that if India is to create world class universities and provide high quality education to its students, it desperately needs to attract world class scholars and scientists, principally from abroad.

During the convocation, the students from the Institute of Technology, Institute of Management, Institute of Pharmacy, Institute of Science and Institute of Law were conferred degrees by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University. A total of 1797 students were awarded degrees and 41 students were awarded medals during the convocation. Dr Patel delivered the Presidential address on the occasion. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presented the concluding address at the convocation.

Nirma University, Ahmedabad organised its 21st Annual Convocation on April 18, 2016 at its campus on SG Highway, Ahmedabad, wherein 500 students were conferred upon various degrees. John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia was present at the convocation as the Chief Guest, whereas the function was presided over by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President, Nirma University.
13 students from PhD, 227 students from MBA – Full Time, 55 students from MBA – Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 2 students from MBA – Part Time, 2 students from LLM, 94 students from BA LLB (Hons) and 107 students from BCom. LLB (Hons) were awarded degree for successful completion of their academic courses. Several awards were also given to deserving students as a token of appreciation of their hard work while achieving their goal. 18 scholastic medals were given to students for securing highest rank in their respective programmes. Delivering the convocation address, Chief Guest, John Anderson Fry said, “Business is one way in which humanity organizes itself to harness everyone’s talents and ideas. It provides a path to creating innovation, improving lives and expanding our impact far beyond the individual”.
The convocation began with the welcome address by Dr Patel, President of the University, who also conferred degrees to the pass-outs. The Chief Guest presented Scholastic Awards to the toppers of various disciplines before delivering the convocation address. The event ended with concluding address by the Director General of the University.

The Twentieth Convocation of the University was held on December 12, 2015. Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar, FRS, National Research Professor and President, Global Research Alliance was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Dr Mashelkar delivered the convocation address and also presented scholastic medals to the students of the University. In his motivational address he talked about the ‘Nirma Spirit’; pondered upon the value for money; striving for ultra-low costs, extreme affordability and disruptive innovation; and five golden rules to success. He congratulated the graduating students and the medal winners and wished that they would begin a successful ‘journey up the limitless ladder of excellence and achievement’.
During the convocation, the students from the Institute of Technology, Institute of Pharmacy, Institute of Science and Institute of Law were conferred degrees by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University. In all 1870 students were awarded degrees and 48 students were awarded medals during the convocation. Dr Patel delivered the Presidential address on the occasion. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presented the concluding address at the convocation.

The Nineteenth Convocation of Nirma University was held on April 25, 2015 in which 478 students were conferred upon various degrees. Hon’ble Justice Mr A M Ahmadi, Former Chief Justice of India, graced the convocation as the Chief Guest. The function was presided over by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President, Nirma University.
The convocation began with welcome address by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University, who also conferred degrees to the graduating students. Dr Patel said that, Nirma University has set up new benchmark in the way the education system works and it has educated the students so that they can take up the challenges of the new age and grow up to their potential.
The Chief Guest, Hon’ble Justice Mr Ahmadi presented Scholastic Awards to the toppers of various disciplines and delivered the convocation address. In his address he asked the young graduates, especially law students, to abide by the duty even at the peril of being at the end of an unpleasant experience. He also talked about the rule of law which governs us and the role of the Supreme Court. Hon’ble Justice Mr Ahmadi further stated that, “Management diluted with law is an interesting combination. Proper management skills help in streaming the number of law cases properly.”
The event ended with concluding address by the Dr Anup K Singh, the Director General of the University.

Twelve students from PhD, 177 students from MBA – Full Time, 80 students from MBA – Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 7 students from MBA – Part Time, 1 student from LLM in Legal Pedagogy & Research, 101 students from BA LLB (Hons) and 100 students from BCom LLB (Hons) were awarded degree for successful completion of their academic courses. Several awards were also given to deserving students as a token of appreciation of their hard work while achieving their goal. Total 19 medals were given to students for securing first, second and third rank in their respective courses.

The Eighteenth Convocation of Nirma University was celebrated on 18th October 2014. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Prof S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE. He delivered the Convocation Address and also presented scholastic medals to the students. In his address he talked about the shortage of employment prospects; creation of new job opportunities; quality of education in the educational institutes and the role of Universities and Colleges in addressing these issues. He further stated that “Technology and education have a massive role in facilitating new job markets. Innovative methodologies and targets set for Universities like yours and others and educational czars to deliver can create opportunities and aid in job creation.”

He congratulated the passing out students and the medal winners and expressed his expectation that each one of them shall add to the value proposition in the outside world. He said, “Success and failure are two sides of the same coin and one needs to be conscious of the dynamics of the environment. Any activity that brings happiness is to be seen as part of a successful life.”

During the convocation the students from the Institute of Technology, Institute of Diploma Studies and Institute of Pharmacy were conferred degrees by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University. In all 1886 students were awarded degrees during the convocation. Dr Patel delivered the Presidential address on the occasion. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presented the concluding address.

The Seventeenth Convocation of Nirma University was held on April 3, 2014. The Chief Guest of the Convocation was Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission and former India Chairman of Boston Consulting Group. The Management and Law graduates were awarded degrees by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, President, Nirma University. In addition 21 scholastic gold and silver medals were also given to the students for their exemplary performances in their respective field.

Addressing the students, Chief Guest Mr Arun Maira stated that Quality is the pursuit of excellence in whatever we do. He further commented that the time has come for us to set our sights much higher than we have so far and we must make our nation a quality nation in which citizens will experience quality in their daily lives. He further added that there is a widespread need in India to convert Confusion into Coordination, Contention into Collaboration, and Intention into Implementation.

The sixteenth Convocation of Nirma University was held on October 25, 2014. Shri Sajjan Jindal, Chairman & Managing Director, JSW Steel Ltd Mumbai was the chief guest on this occassion. He delivered the Convocation Address and also presented scholastic medals to the students. He commended Nirma University for providing quality technical education to the students. He stated that the convocation marks the beginning of ‘an adventure of unique experience in this global economy as the students are being released with wings of knowledge and wisdom’. He also shared his experience of building the steel plant. He encouraged the students to dream big about life and career.

During the convocation the students from the Institute of Technology, Institute of Diploma Studies and Institute of Pharmacy were conferred degrees by Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University. Dr Patel delivered the Presidential address on this occasion. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presented the concluding address at the convocation.

The fifteenth Convocation of Nirma University was held on April 6, 2013 in the campus. Shri Ashank Desai, Founder and Former Chairman, Mastek Ltd was the Chief Guest of the function. Shri Desai delivered the convocation address and also presented Scholastic Medals to 20 graduating students. During the convocation, 12 PhD students from Pharmacy, Technology & Management, 275 Management students, 7 LLM and 77 BA LLB students were conferred the degrees. All together 371 students were conferred the degree by Dr Karsanbhai Patel, the President of the University. Dr Patel delivered the Presidential address on the occasion. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presented the concluding address at the convocation.

The Fourteenth Convocation of Nirma University was held at the University campus on November 26, 2012. The Chief Guest for the function was Prof Goverdhan Mehta (FNA, FRS) National Research Professor & Eli Lilly-Jubilant Chair, University of Hyderabad. In his address, he praised the diversity of the University’s academic offerings and noted the good visibility and placements of the institutions. He motivated the students to use our national strengths of demography, democracy and diversity to rise up in the 21st century. He challenged them to dream big, tread where there is no path and leave behind a trail. He encouraged them to prepare for the new paradigms of learning and remain life-long learners of knowledge and skills. Finally, he invited them to network and collaborate in order to innovate and raise the importance of our universities and educational institutions so that they can uphold, enhance and deploy their scholarship, values and service to the nation and to humanity at large.

Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, the President of the University conferred degrees to the students. The concluding address was by the Director General (I/c) Shri Ambubhai M Patel, who exhorted the students to mould excellence in academics with courteous behaviour in life. He also painted a praise-worthy picture of the university by mentioning the latest achievements of the university, the spectacular ones being 241 Research Scholars till date, Completed Research Projects worth 3.24 crores, several national awards, a large number of papers published in international journals and presented in international conferences, an impressive number of books published by the faculty, collaboration with foreign universities and an excellent placement record.

The scholars who were awarded the degrees consisted of 6 for PhD: from Pharmacy (4), Technology & Engineering (1) and Science (1), 239 for Master’s Degree in Technology & Engineering, 61 for Master’s Degree in Computer Applications, 646 for Bachelor’s Degree in Technology & Engineering, 60 for Bachelor’s degree in Technology & Engineering (Part-time), 5 for Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications, 286 for Diploma in Engineering, 50 for Master’s Degree and 67 for Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and 60 for Master’s Degree in Science. Besides these, 92 scholars received medals in the three categories of Overall Scholastic, Programme-wise Scholastic and Programme-wise Best Student.

The Thirteenth Convocation of the Nirma University was held at the University campus on April 6, 2012, where in 9 PhD students, 183 students from MBA–Full Time, 101 students from MBA–Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 44 students from MBA–Part Time and 69 students of the maiden batch of BA LLB received their degrees from the President- Dr Karsanbhai K Patel, for successful completion of their academic courses.
Mr M B Parekh, Chairman and Managing Director, Pidilite Industries Limited delivered the convocation address. In his address, he said, “There are many factors which go into the making of an individual successful. Some of them are not within our control, such as having a favourable business and political environment or having a wise and capable mentor who can coach and guide you as you progress in your career. However, there are certain key attributes which can help us achieve success, if we recognise the important role they play and make adequate efforts to nurture them. These are passion, creativity and ability to execute well, all of them anchored by a sound value system.”
Giving details about the university, Dr N V Vasani, Director General of the University said “Nirma University is one of the top private universities in India providing world class higher education. It not only emphasizes on the all-round development of its students but also aims at producing good and worthy citizens, who could aid the country in its overall progress and development.”

The Twelfth Convocation of Nirma University was held on November 10, 2011. During this convocation ceremony, 1554 students of various disciplines received their degrees. Shri M D Mallya, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda, was the Chief Guest on this occassion. In his address to the fresh graduates, he invited them to make a paradigm shift in leadership by responding to the emerging demands of the global scenario. He reiterated that leadership is the collective quality needed to nurture love for people, energy and exuberance to accomplish goals, be action oriented, possessing a natural flair for developing people around you, be empathetic in dealing with people issues, be a role model with impeccable integrity and honesty, develop skills of self-awareness, should be able to spread happiness around the work place, should be able to inspire people, and finally, a leader has to be passionate to perform.

The Director General Dr N V Vasani in his address on the occasion, acquainted the august gathering with the achievements of the faculty as well as the students.

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