09 Jul 2016 20:50 IST

ICFAI University, Hyderabad holds convocation ceremony

1,438 students awarded degrees

The sixth convocation ceremony of the ICFAI University, Hyderabad, was held today at Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur, Hyderabad. A total of 1,438 students were awarded degrees at the ceremony.

Delivering the convocation address, chief guest SM Datta, former chairman, Hindustan Unilever Limited, spoke about the qualities required for managers to be successful in a dynamic environment. He advised the students on the importance of strategies to overcome major obstacles and coping with limitations during their career. Citing examples from the Mahabharata and Kautilya’s Arthashastra, he stressed on the importance of lessons from literature. Highlighting that learning is a continuous process he said, “ICFAI University has provided students with great technology, infrastructure, and an excellent learning environment. This learning will be a great asset which you will carry with you into your future life.”

SM Datta delivering the convocation address

Prof J. Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor, presented a report on the progress made by the university in 2015-16. In the past year, faculty members of the university had published 176 papers in professional journals, of which ten were in A*/A journals listed in Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality list, and 92 listed in Scopus-listed journals. He also highlighted the achievements of various departments and students.

Dr C Rangarajan, Chancellor of the university, presided over the function. Delivering his address, he asked the students to be bold and innovative and apply the knowledge they had gained to solve the problems that confront the nation. Calling for radical changes in higher education, he said, “The agricultural, industrial and scientific growth of this country depends upon creating a corp of well trained professionals in these areas and this can happen only with good quality higher education. We need not belittle what we have achieved. However, there is an inescapable need to strengthen higher education in terms of quality and effectiveness.”

During the convocation 1,438 students were awarded degrees. Six students were awarded PhD degrees and 1,105 MBA degrees were awarded.

Students awarded

Medals were awarded to students for academic excellence and all round excellence. Niman Sood received the gold medal for academic excellence in the MBA programme, as well as the Saurabh Sharma Memorial Gold Medal for being the first rank holder in the Marketing stream of the MBA programme. Melvin Sewak received the silver medal for academic excellence and the Faiyaz Ahmed Khan Memorial Gold Medal, being the first rank holder in the Finance stream of the MBA programme.

Spandan Ghosh and Sohel Khatri received the gold and silver medals respectively for academic excellence in the BBA programme while Deepanjan Mal and Odugu Sai Sahiti received the gold and silver medals respectively for academic excellence in the B Tech programme. In the BBA-LLB (Hons) programme the gold and silver medals for academic excellence were awarded to Manoj Reddy Keshi Reddy and Annu Bharadwaj respectively.

Vineet Saini received a gold medal and the NJ Yasaswy-Apollo Hospital Best Student Award, for all-round excellence in the B Tech programme. In the same programme, Kedia Atish was awarded the silver medal.

Prof Satish Kumar won NJ Yasaswy - Apollo Hospitals Best Teacher Award.