They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The same applies to 1,564 students of O.P. Jindal Global University who overcame all challenges to graduate in a pandemic-hit year. Their enthusiastic participation at the 10th JGU Convocation Ceremony, held online on August 7, is a testimony to their indomitable spirit to make the best of the prevailing situation.
This event which also marked the 12th Founder’s Day of the university was made inspirational for the students by the presence of Mr. Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Niti Aayog, who delivered the Convocation Address, as well as the Founding Chancellor and Benefactor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Mr. Naveen Jindal.
Among the 1,564 JGU students who were conferred with degrees that day were 118 students of Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) which prepares students to build successful careers in international affairs across a wide range of areas including peace and conflict resolution, international justice, international economic development, humanitarian relief, human rights advocacy, academia, and political and economic risk analysis, etc.
A number of JSIA students won accolades for their extraordinary academic and all-round achievements in the presence of the JGU Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar.
Here’s a list of awardees from JSIA who have shone with their performances:
BA Honours Global Affairs (B.A. GA) – Batch of 2018-21 Awardees
- Zeus Hans Mendez – Gold Medal
- Tamanna Dahiya – Silver Medal
- Paritosh Sudhir Tengshe – Bronze Medal
- Anjali Midha, BAGA – Outstanding Leadership Award for All-round Performance
MA Diplomacy, Law and Business (M.A. DLB) – Batch of 2019-21 Awardees
- Medha Gupta – Gold Medal
- Grace Cheema, Devulapalli Nagireddy Thanvi Reddy, and Aishwarya Arora – Silver Medal
- Pande Janhavi Rajiv – Bronze Medal
- Sheetal Sinha – Outstanding Leadership Award for All-round Performance
Congratulating the graduating students and inspiring them to evolve into responsible leaders, the Niti Aayog CEO, who was the chief guest at the event, said, “As you step out into the world with your degrees, it will be a very different world than the one we were accustomed to. Today we need very determined and passionate young people who are capable of taking many challenges that have been brought about by the disruption of the pandemic.”
“A crisis is an opportunity and you need to take challenges head-on and bring about a transformation instead of getting demotivated. This is the age of disruption,” he said.
Congratulating the graduating students, JGU Chancellor Mr. Naveen Jindal said, “The last year has been challenging for our students due to the pandemic as we had to move to online classes and each one of you have demonstrated resilience and commitment to pursue your academic goals. It is a very proud moment for all of us as over 1,500 students are graduating from JGU today. I wish you all the success.”
Recognizing the hard work, determination and perseverance of the students especially during the challenging times of the ongoing pandemic, JGU VC Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar said, “Last year, we were faced with one of the most unfortunate and unprecedented crises of our time. It required an overnight digital transformation to ensure institutional resilience and academic continuity. Putting all our forces towards this mission, JGU embraced technology and achieved completion of over 20,000 online classes in 2020.”
“Today, the most significant outcome of our efforts is that our graduating students have displayed their commitment to their academic pursuits even in these challenging times. The achievement across this year particularly outlines the adaptability and the extraordinary ability of our students to overcome trials and tribulations, and underscores the strength of their character and courage of conviction,” he said. If you missed the Live convocation ceremony, click here.