932 students receive degrees at SMU’s e-Convocation

Gangtok, 26 Sept 2020:

932 students of Sikkim Manipal University received degrees in various graduate, post graduate and PhD programmes during the e-Convocation of the university held on Saturday. This was SMU’s twentieth convocation.

Gold and silver medal awardees, including students from the MBBS, MD, MS, B.Tech, M.Tech, BSc & MSc Nursing, Bachelors & Masters in Physiotherapy, Biotechnology & Business Administration, BCA, MCA, MSc Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and other courses, including PhD scholars in various disciplines participated in the ceremony from their homes as they were bestowed with their degrees and medals online.

The ceremony was planned and anchored by an SMU team comprising of faculty and staff members from various SMU constituent colleges and units. The organisers have made special mention of support rendered by the IT team led by Anand Ruhela, Head IT, SMU and also the engineering and other departments.

Rajen Padukone, Pro-Chancellor, SMU, in his welcome speech expressed his gratitude towards Governor Ganga Prasad for his guidance and also thanked the State Government of Sikkim for the continued support to SMU.

Complimenting the University, he added “It gives me great pride in saying that SMU and its constituent units have quickly adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic through online teaching, webinars and examinations during COVID-19 lockdowns and constraints. We have successfully added digital learning platforms to our existing methods of imparting quality education to our students.”

Governor Ganga Prasad, who is also the Chancellor of SMU, presided over the online function and congratulated the students, faculty, staff and management.

“Since 1995, guided by the vision to achieve global leadership in human development and excellence in education and healthcare, Sikkim Manipal University has made praiseworthy achievements in its remarkable journey of over two decades,” he remarked.

Earlier, Lt Gen Dr Rajan S Grewal, Vice-Chancellor, SMU, while presenting the highlights, of the university recounted the various momentous milestones since its inception.

He shared, “SMU is the first successful PPP model in higher education between the Government of Sikkim and the Manipal Pai Foundation”. Today, we can proudly say that we have contributed significantly in the field of high quality education and specialised health care in Sikkim and the North East region of the country. 56% of our employees are locals and the gender ratio is an impressive 52% in favour of women employees. We have made significant strides in the field of research, innnovation and digitization he added.

The chief guest on the occasion, Abhay Kumar Vaish, Senior Vice-President, Head of Business Unit MS IT & ADM, Ericsson Global India, in his Convocation address, talked about the various challenges faced by students and educational institutions across the globe, calling it “unprecedented times.”

He spoke about the virtues of courage, perseverance and loyalty that were essential in character building. He urged the students to give back to the society by being humble and grateful to all those who have contributed to their lives, in big or small ways.

The programme ended with vote of thanks proposed by Dr Karma S Sherpa, Registrar, SMU.

The entire event was webcast for the students, alumni and public viewing through all virtual media platforms like Microsoft Team, Facebook and YouTube, which was made possible by the state of the art IT platform available at Sikkim Manipal University.