846 students receive degrees in ICFAI Univ Sikkim e-convocation

Gangtok, 26 Nov:

ICFAI University Sikkim held its 13th Convocation today at Mayfair Resort, Ranipool. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the convocation was held virtually with just 50 guests invited at the main venue.

A total of 846 students including 66 gold and silver medalists received their degrees in the convocation.

The convocation was attended by the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu via video conference from New Delhi. He was joined by Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad as the Guest of Honour, Chief Minister PS Tamang, as the Special Guest of Honour, Education Minister K.N Lepcha, Chief Secretary S.C. Gupta, and other dignitaries.

In his address, Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu congratulated the students, professors and parents of students. He spoke about the New Education Policy that has been envisioned by the Government at the centre and asserted that the value based education system being promoted by the New Education Policy (NEP) is the need of the hour and this system will go a long way in building resilience in the learners to face any adversity in life.

He asked the educators to take inspiration from the holistic vedic education and understand the vision of the NEP.

Highlighting that values had always been emphasised in our ancient systems, the Vice President stated that our vedas and upanishads mandate our duties towards self, family, society and nature.

He concluded his address with a message for the students to move forward with honesty, sincerity and confidence.

Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad congratulated the students for completing an important phase of their lives and expressed his well wishes on entering the next one. He encouraged the students to face every challenge with courage and knowledge to successfully overcome all adversities.

In his address, Chief Minister, PS Tamang expressed his pleasure in being in the midst of an august gathering. Congratulating the students, he said that this is a momentous day as all their academic efforts over the years have come to fruition.

In conclusion, he said that the students are the country's next generation of managers and leaders and wished them growth towards effective leadership wherever life takes them. He urged them to strive towards peace and prosperity and ensure harmony in the society.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of ICFAI University Dr. Jaganath Patnaik delivered the welcome address. The VC also briefed the gathering about various initiatives taken by the University in assisting the unemployed youths of Sikkim and also promising collaborations with other universities.

He stated that even during the pandemic the University has grown stronger and managed to stay connected and upto date by organising webinars. He also congratulated all the students and wished them success for the future.

The convocation ceremony also saw the conferment of Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa) to Dr. Achyuta Samanta-MP/Lok Sabha and Founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, and to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - Founder of Art of Living Foundation.