1st Convocation on 22nd February
The First Convocation of Uka Tarsadia University was held on Saturday 22nd February 2014 for the batches of 2011 with enthusiasm and gaiety. Distinguished academician Hon'able Dr. B A Prajapati-former Vice-Chancellor of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Convocation was graced by Hon'able Shri Shaileshbhai Patel - the President of Uka Tarsadia University, the Provost of the University - Dr. D R Shah, Shri Kiritbhai Patel - Vice President of the University, Shri Dilipbhai Bhakta - Chairman of Bardoli Pradesh Kelvani Mandal, Shri Bhagubhai Patel - President BPKM besides Deans of various faculties, dignitaries and parents.
Six gold medals and a total of 264 post graduate degrees awarded in the Convocation included - M.Sc.(Biotechnology) - 71, M.Sc. (Microbiology)- 17, M.Sc.(Organic Chemistry)-15, M.Sc. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)- 8, M.Sc. (Computer Application)- 16, MBA- 77, M.Pharm. (Pharmaceutical Analysis)- 14, M.Pharm (Pharmaceutics)- 17, M.Pharm (Pharmacology)- 13 and M.Pharm (Quality Assurance)- 16.
The Provost of the University Dr. D R Shah delivered the welcome address, presented the report and highlighted the achievements. At the outset, he thanked the donors Shri Naranjibhai Bhakta, Shri B. U. Patel and Shri Bhulabhia Vanmalibhai Patel for their generous contributions and the BPKM Trust which believes that only education can transform the society. He said that diffusion of scientific, technical and professional knowledge is emphasised at Uka Tarsadia University and ethics forms an integral part of the education, which builds the character of the youth.
Shri Shaileshbhai Patel - the President of the University in his address congratulated the graduates and said that, they will now face the realities of life which is not governed by any curriculum or syllabus but comprises only electives whose careful selection will determine their journey of life and their future success. As an entrepreneur himself Shri Shaileshbhai Patel also encouraged the graduates to take risks in life without being afraid to fall or fail.
In the Convocation speech Hon'able Chief Guest Dr. B. A. Prajapati congratulated the graduates and said that now they will have to plan their own paths and goals to venture out into a world which is full of challenges known and unknown. He said that constant paradigm shifts due to technological convergence, institutional convergence and cultural convergence has changed the rules of sustainable growth and development in all walks of life. The philosophies of the past, like power comes only from natural resources, best forms of governance is the hierarchy structure, leaders control by giving orders and the status of a person is judged by the seniority in the organisation are no more acceptable. New rules of survival are - knowledge is power, leader empowers and coaches, team takes decisions, and creativity determines the status. Dr. B.A Prajapati stressed that innovation is the key to survival and responding to the change is the biggest challenge today. He asked the graduates to cultivate the right attitude to make progress in the globalised, integrated world.
Hon'able Dr. Prajapati presented six gold medals to graduates- Ms. Shah Ekta Kamleshbhai, Ms. Lad Vrutika Ashokbhai, Ms. Desai Jinali Prafulbhai, Mr. Patel Hirenkumar Pradipbhai Ms. Naik Bhargavi Nileshbhai and Ms. Babel Renuka Nemichand. Degree certificates were awarded by the Chief Guest Dr. Prajapati, Shri Shaileshbhai Patel, Dr. D R Shah, Shri Kiritbhai Patel, Shri Dilipbhai Bhakta and Shri Bhagubhai Patel. The University oath was administered by Dr. Poonam Mittal- Dean Faculty of Commerce and Management. Formal opening and closing of the Convocation was done by Hon'able President of the University- Shri Shaileshbhai Patel at the request of the Registrar Dr. Renu Chauhan. The ceremony concluded with National Anthem and the departure of academic procession followed by jubilant young graduates.