KAKRYAL : Referring to the over a decade long journey of the University, Governor N N Vohra observed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) has the distinction of attracting meritorious students from more than 20 states of the country, which is rather significant considering the location of the institution.
Addressing the 5th Convocation of the SMVDU, at its Auditorium here, Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the University said that in just over a decade of its existence the University has produced over 2700 students who have become successful Engineers, Architects, Business Managers, Teachers and Researchers, and can be found in organizations, institutions, MNCs and universities of repute in India and abroad.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The Governor said that a decade back the University was not adequately connected to the rest of the country. However, in a short span of time and thanks to the valuable interest of the Central government, the University is now connected with the world class 4-lane Jammu-Udhampur National Highway and the Katra Railway Station which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in 2014.
The Governor hoped that that the new Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sanjeev Jain, will make all necessary efforts to attract more meritorious students and produce even better results.
The Governor awarded 837 degrees including PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The Prime Minister gave away 20 Medals and 36 Certificates of Excellence and Distinction to meritorious students.
The Governor said that it was a proud moment for the University that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among them and addressing the Convocation. He said that this important event had assumed added significance as a little while earlier the Prime Minister had inaugurated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, in the immediate neighborhood of the University, thus fulfilling another long awaited dream of the Shrine Board to contribute towards providing better healthcare for the people at large, at affordable prices.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti recalled the happy memories of her own student years and exhorted upon the scholars to always respect the diversity and pluralistic ethos of the country. She said that it is our responsibility to lend every possible help to the non-local students who have come here for studies so that when they leave this State they would carry cherished memories of their stay here and be our goodwill ambassadors.
Earlier, Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, presented the Vice Chancellor’s Report, highlighting the past achievements and future plans of action. He gave details of the campus placements, publications brought out by the University, research projects being undertaken and the various workshops and conferences organized by this institution. He said that various initiatives have been taken to build this institution as a centre of excellence.