Jain (Deemed-to-be University) held its 9th Convocation on August 26 at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. The ceremony was graced by Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) & Secretary, Department of Space. The program was attended by Dr. C.G.Krishnadas Nair, Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Dr. N.V.H. Krishnan, Registrar, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Dr. N. Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Members of the Board of Management and the Academic Council, students and their parents, and the media.
Congratulating the meritorious students, Dr. N. Sundararajan said, “Today is a day of celebration for students who are going to receive their degrees and the faculty for whom it is the culmination of their hard work in imparting quality education. To be awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate entails dedicated endeavor. It is a pursuit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding and to embrace the right values and attitudes. This day is a testimony that we have fulfilled our partnership.” He highlighted the past year’s achievements of the University in academics, research, and sports.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. K. Sivan said, “I appreciate the fact that Social Responsibility is deeply rooted in the vision of Jain University. It stems from a realization that we are all part of the community, locally, nationally or globally, and how we affect the society will ultimately affect the way we live.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) in the last nine years since its inception has managed to attract students from more than 35 countries. Here, students are empowered to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas and excel in their areas of interest. They are driven to dig deeper, push further, question and leverage the knowledge to enrich all human life. This is exactly the ethos of ISRO. Our mandate is to ensure the safety, security and improve the quality of life of people of India through innovative use of Space Technology.
Tomorrow, when you roll-up your sleeves to take on the challenges of the nation and the world, there are three things that will play a major role in your life: conquering personal fear, taking calculated risk, and innovation or lateral thinking. Elaborating on the three, he said, “Fear is going to be a major player in life, but you get to decide - how much. People who are afraid will never take any risk in their lives. Yes, there is a chance that you will fail. However, if you do not take risk, there is a chance of never achieving anything significant in life. The third important thing is innovation. Innovation is not just having a bright idea on paper. Innovation is how you implement that idea. Innovation comes with high risk of failure. Edison failed several times before inventing the light bulb. We, at ISRO, too have faced failures while developing our launch vehicles. We used these failures as learning opportunities. You all must realize that if you are not failing then you are not trying hard.
Quoting Dr. Abdul Kalam, he said, “Your dream or your idea must not let you sleep”. Innovation today has become a strategy to remain relevant and competitive. He gave students tips on how to innovate. “First, surround yourself with inspiration. Be inspired by great leaders but don’t try to emulate them. You see lot start-ups coming up which are copying each other. This is the reason many are failing. Second, remove all your biases and assumptions. You must ask yourself, if this job can be done in a different way. Third, don’t throw away your crazy ideas. “Crazy” ideas are where most of the world’s most successful innovations come from, and lastly, keep learning. Education is a lifelong process. Never ever think that you have learnt it all and you know everything.
Our lives are connected with space technology one way or another. On August 12, we celebrated the centenary birth anniversary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. Today, when we embark on the Chandrayaan-2 mission and the Grand Gaganyaan mission, we are actually realizing the vision of Dr. Sarabhai in being second-to-none in solving the problems of man and society. Gaganyaan is extremely important for India as it will boost the science and technology capabilities of the country,” he said.
Keeping the flag of merit flying high were 71 gold medalists, 171 rank holders, 18 M.Phil and 104 Ph.D degree holders. This year saw 3,771 candidates being conferred with degrees in various disciplines.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) offers several innovative programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels. It has 7 faculties, namely Engineering and Technology, Sciences, Commerce, Management, Languages, Law, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The University also has 7 dedicated research centers with the main focus being in inter-disciplinary and emerging areas. The University has made remarkable strides in academic development, active research, and sports. Innovation and research and development are continuous processes at the University. During the last year not only were689 international and 225 national research papers published in reputed indexed national and international journals, but the University also signed 33 MoUs with institutions of repute.
On the sports field, the University has made its mark hosting a number of tournaments at the state and national levels as well as participating in Tennis, Rowing, Cricket, Swimming, Badminton, Shooting, Volleyball, Basketball, Taekwondo, Athletics, Football, Fencing, and Yachting, and winning at national and international levels, Asian championships, the Olympics, and the Paralympics.