Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 8 (August)

JGU celebrates Eighth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day

JGU held its Eighth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day celebrations at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi on 7 August 2019. Professor David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law; Director, Center on the Legal Profession; and Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA, was the Chief Guest. The event was also attended by Ms. Zarin Daruwala, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, India; and Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU. 889 students from the Law, Business, International Affairs, Government & Public Policy and Liberal Arts & Humanities Schools were conferred degrees at the ceremony.

Professor Wilkins said, “You must view this convocation as not the end of education but as the beginning. School is the easy part. The hard part is to learn to live in the real world. Education must be viewed as a life-long occupation and passion.” Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he urged the students to learn for their lifetime and not for immediate future. He further added, “You are the change we have been waiting for. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Professor Wilkins also stressed the need for multidisciplinary institutions which are essential for the growth of young minds. Referring to the steps being taken by India to address some of its current challenges, he expressed that the Indian experience can be helpful for other countries. “India has much to teach the rest of the world”, he said.

In her special address, Ms. Daruwala, drew attention towards the disruptive role of global technology giants in the digital payment sector that are posing a major threat to banks in India. She noted the effort it took for investment bankers like herself to catch up with rapid technological innovations in the past two decades and said that the banking and financial services industry as a whole as well as the Indian economy need to embrace technological advancements. She remarked that doing so requires learning new tools and unlearning old techniques as well as agility and innovation.

Mr. Jindal congratulated the JGU fraternity for entering the world university rankings and UGC’s recommendation of JGU as an ‘Institution of Eminence’.  Encouraging the students to realise their dreams, he said, “now is not the era for multitasking. We need to figure out what matters most to us and give it our undivided attention. This is what will give us best results. Our ancient Indian philosophy Vedanta teaches us to follow Swadharma and not Paradharma. Swadharma is following our own nature, doing what your inner calling is and not what someone else asks us to do.”

Emphasizing the importance of good education, Mr. Jindal further added, “Quality higher education contributes to economic development and human development of a nation. JGU has progressively enhanced its reputation as a quality higher education provider from the National, Regional to the Global. This has been possible for our exemplary pool of faculty, globally competitive curriculum and pedagogy and excellent achievements of our alumni.”

In his welcome address, Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, JGU said, “JGU, as an institution, is committed to public service and national progress. In addition, JGU has placed the pursuit of institutional excellence at the core of its mission since its inception. We are conscious that education is much more than merely awarding degrees. In India today, we are faced with enormous challenges relating to higher education. JGU has been deeply conscious of fulfilling its commitment to public service and addressing some of the larger challenges in the higher education sector in India.” The Vice-Chancellor also presented the annual university report. The guests of honour and dignitaries paid floral tributes to Mr. O.P. Jindal on his 89th birth anniversary.

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