GANGTOK, Nov 18 – The 12th convocation of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) was held at the auditorium of SMIMS, SMU, 5th Mile at Tadong yesterday, a press release received here said. The programme began with a academic procession led by the students of the College of Nursing, academic senate members, governing council, chief guest, other dignitaries and the Governor, Balmiki Prasad Singh, who is also the Chancellor of SMU. It was followed by the declaration of the convocation open by the Governor.
In all, 820 graduate and post- graduate students, including one PhD from different disciplines in regular courses and 20 graduates from distance course of SMIMS and SMIT were conferred with degrees and certificates in the convocation. Out of these students, nine students bagged gold medal in various disciplines.
The gold medal recipients were Shashwat Singh, MBBS, Maheshwari Thapa, BSc (Nursing), Vimal Kumar, B Tech (Electronics and Communication), Hemant Jindal, MBA, Chewang Yolmo, BCA, Rajat Agrawal, BBA, Pooja Rai, MCA, Prakash Chhetri, MSC (Chemistry), Priyabrata Karmakar, M.Tech (Electronics and Communications).
While presenting his address, the Governor said that Sikkim Manipal University is marching ahead in catering to the educational and healthcare needs of the people of the North-Eastregion. Considerable efforts have been made by the University in the pursuit for transforming the dreams of the younger generations to reality.
The Governor hoped that the University will continue on the path of excellence in providing quality education and healthcare and developing skilled manpower for the overall socio-economic development of the nation as a whole.
Sharing his experiences, the Governor said to the young graduates ‘forget the past and look to the future’ and added that with the lessons learnt the students should contribute to the task of nation-building as well as in outstanding success in their careers.
Vineeta Rai, member of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, and who was the chief guest of the programme in her address mentioned that the University is now a well recognised University in academic excellence.
The chief guest appealed to the young graduates in the development of this region as there are a large number of opportunities. She also urged the students to be good human beings and cultivate great human values.
On the occasion, the Governor also released the annual report of SMU followed by the report on the achievements of the University by the Vice Chancellor, Brigadier SN Mishra. The programme was rounded off with the declaration of convocation closed by the Governor.
Earlier, the welcome address was proposed by the Pro Chancellor Dr Ramdas M Pai and subsequently the vote of thanks was proposed by Registrar Vandana Suhag.