The Annual Convocation of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, a Deemed to be University in Pondicherry was held on 13th August 2018 at the university campus in Pillayarkuppam.Dr. G Viswanathan Founder and Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore was the Chief Guest and delivered an inspiring convocation address.He awarded 54 medals of academic excellence to toppers in the various courses from the faculty of medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
While delivering a thought provoking convocation address, Dr. Viswanathan laid emphasis on the phrase “health is wealth” and that the health of a Nation essentially depends on a strong educational and comprehensive health care system. “India is still spending way below the required minimum of 6% of its GDP on education and these needs to change for the better if our motherland has to figure in the comity of developed nations”. He reiterated that the Indian government needs to spend more on education and devise opportunities for everyone to receive quality education”. Continuing with his address he emphasised that “Private institutions and deemed universities should be supported in their mission to reach the unreached and government should offer more educational loans and scholarships to the needy and meritorious students”. He eulogised the Founder and Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Shri. MK Rajagopalan on the phenomenal growth and success of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth during the past decade and praised his foresight in envisaging such world-class institution. Dr. Viswanathan reminded the medical, dental and nursing students that they are the agents of divine healing and that they are truly blessed to help their fellow human beings in times of need. Dr. Viswanathan highlighted the role of private entrepreneurship in education especially that should receive the patronage of the government in order to forge ahead in several frontier areas of academics. He also stressed upon the fact that the onus should lie on accreditations rather than inspection under the ambit of the regulatory councils. If this is effected, the higher education institutes of India can unfurl more of developmental strategies for implementation in the larger interest of student community and teaching fraternity.
The Founder and Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Shri. MK Rajagopalan presided over the solemn academic ceremony and conferred degrees on 905 graduands, drawn from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences from the constituents colleges, namely Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.
The Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Prof KR Sethuraman read out an impressive annual report, wherein he showcased a number of important National and International events, community outreach activities, patient services, research, publications and a plethora of accolades and achievements by faculty and students alike. He emphasised that the strength of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is its innovation in medical, dental and nursing education as well as the integration of novel adjunct healing methods such as yoga therapy and music therapy in its health care services.
The Dean Research, Prof N Ananthakrishnan administered the Pledge to the graduates while the Registrar Prof AR Srinivasan proposed the vote of thanks.It is to be noted that Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with ‘A’ Grade and is ranked among top Universities of India by NIRF 2018