“The destiny of India will be scripted by transformed minds which have to break free from the old molds and charter new, trial blazing courses,” asserted E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and Chief Rector of the University, in his address at the XVII Convocation Ceremony of University of Hyderabad at Shilpakala Vedika on 1st October.
Narasimhan, who was the chief guest, gave away the gold medals to the meritorious students while Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chancellor of the University, administered the oath to the 1491 new graduates.
Governor in his address, stressed on the role of the educational istitutions in harvesting and encouraging young minds to be productive and innovative. Professor Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor, UoH, added that the University is now among the top 3.8% institutions providing higher education worldwide as per a study done by Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR). He urged the out going batch to keep up to the standard and reputation of this premier institution.
In spite of the controversy over a rigid dress code which was later withdrawn, students came mostly dressed in traditional attires. Accompanied by their friends and family the young faces gleamed with joy and pride.
One of the estatic graduates, Sandeep Sahu, a gold medalist from the Department of Theatre Arts shared his feelings. “Coming from an inartistic background, I still find it hard to believe that I could be part of this University and its theatre department. I am grateful to my parents, professors and friends who have supported me throughout.” he said.
The convocation proceedings were web cast live for the third successive year on the university website.