From Left : Dr.Pradeep K.Khosla (Chancellor, University of California ),Dr.P.Sathyanaranyan (President ,SRM University ),Dr.Ashutosh Sharma ,(Secretary of Govt.of India ,Dept of Science and Technology ,) Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar (Founder chancellor , SRM University ) ,Dr.Kiran Kumar ( Chairman ,ISRO ) , Dr. Prabirk bagchi ,( Vice Chancellor SRM University )
Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences was the Chief Guest at SRM University’s 10th Convocation with some 14,000 students being awarded Bachelor’s, Master’ and Doctoral Degrees and Diplomas. “To be successful you will have to nurture a dream today. If you have a dream and are sincere about fulfilling it, you will have the help of God, society and everyone”, the Union Minister remarked recalling how some two decades ago a small group of people came up with the dedicated dream of making India polio-free.
“If you can give a ballot to every single person, why would it not be possible to reach out to the people by a vaccine”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said pointing out to the fact that today India has been established to be “polio free” Lavishing praise on SRM University as an institution of higher learning which has “all in one roof and the real hub of research”, the Union Minister spoke of SRM’s Satellite that had been launched in October 2011 and students and faculty currently engaged in a conversation with ISRO on sending a satellite to the moon. “It is just unbelievable”, Dr Harsh Vardhan remarked.
“Chennai is the intellectual capital of India and Chennai is one place where the glorious heritage of the history of science has been maintained in a professional fashion over the years. Apart from this, Chennai has also the capability of being the research capital of the country,. With a University like SRM you can establish a path that could be emulated by others”, Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
In his welcome address, the President of SRM University, Dr R P Sathyanarayanan, spoke of the various research initiatives taken up by students and faculty in such areas as satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, under sea and all terrain vehicles and called on the central government to keep private and government educational institutions on the same par when it came to initiating Centres of Excellence and funding.
With the Founder Chancellor Dr T R Paarivendhar presiding, honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science was conferred on Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization, Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary in the Department of Space; Dr Pradeep K Khosla,Distinguished Professor and Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, USA; and Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology.

The Convocation at India’s Number One Multi-Stream University witnessed 90 scholars receiving their Ph.D degrees in various disciplines besides nearly 165 students getting Gold Medals for having secured first rank in their courses. A noteworthy feature of SRM University’s Tenth Convocation was that for the first time as many as 46 students graduated with Post Graduate Medical degrees in MD, DM and MS. And for a University that prides on reaching out and assisting the economically disadvantaged and differently abled in the society, 7 visually challenged students are graduating from the School of Teacher education and Research with an M.Ed degree.

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