The 1st Convocation of the Swami Rama Himalayan University was held on 1st April 2016 in the University premises. The Hon’ble President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Dr. K.K. Paul, the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, presided over the function as the Visitor. The President bestowed Gold Medals and Certificates of Merit to the 30 Toppers of the University. A total of 288 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students were conferred with their degrees during the Convocation ceremony.
The program commenced with the Hon’ble Guests paying homage to HH Sri Swami Rama, Founder – HIHT with the lighting of the lamp. Dr. Vijay Dhasmana, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University, declared the “Convocation Open” and extended a heartiest welcome to all the dignitaries and guests. This was followed by the University Kulgeet sung melodiously by the students of the University.
When the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, Dr. K.K. Paul addressed the students, he congratulated the students on their achievements on the occasion of the 1st Convocation ceremony of the Swami Rama Himalayan University.
He urged the students to be ethical and always remember the wisdom and affection bestowed on them by their teachers. Emphasizing on the need of making the higher education employable he said that the students pursuing higher education should also become employment providers instead of employment seekers. Addressing the mammoth gathering of dignitaries, guests, faculty, parents and students he reiterated that the universities should become knowledge centers where innovation, experiments and research should flourish.
Delivering his keynote address, the Hon’ble Chief Guest Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, congratulated the medical, nursing, paramedical and management students on being conferred with their degrees at the Convocation ceremony.
“The motto ‘Love, Serve, Remember,’ takes on an even greater meaning when one witnesses the healing and health-care system in our country, must always stand high on moral grounds. Though Dr. Swami Rama was appointed as the Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham at a young age, he renounced this high spiritual post in order to pursue his yogic meditative lifestyle. He established holistic health as a new discipline that had much to offer to allopathic medicine,” he said.
He stressed upon the importance of amalgamating the wisdom of the East with the modern technologies of the West and advised the students not to be anxious about their future but learn to live in the present. He said that it is the creativity of the students that can usher in change and exhorted them to proceed in the journey of life with an attitude to learn and an aptitude to think new.
The ceremony ended with the Hon’ble Chancellor Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami, JP declaring the “Convocation Closed.” The grand 1st Convocation ceremony came to an end with playing of the National Anthem by the Army Band.
The Convocation saw the presence of many ex-chief ministers, sitting M.P.s and M.L.A.s, senior government officials, politicians, senior defense officials, distinguished businessmen, etc., gracing the occasion along with many more dignitaries.