Thursday, June 19, 2008
THE ALIGARH Muslim University held its 58th annual convocation on June 18. Its chief guest was the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. Wipro Technologies Limited chairman, Azim Premji was also invited to grace the occasion. Both of them were conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.AMU chancellor, former Chief Justice of India, AM Ahmadi, presided over the function. On the occasion, 55 gold and 135 silver medals were awarded to outstanding students in their respective streams.More than 4,500 degrees were awarded,out of which 190 were PhD degrees and 1,406 post-graduate and 296 graduate degrees.This year, a number of new courses, including MD in psychiatry; MDS, MTech and post-graduate diploma in nanotechnology were introduced. Dr Kalam stressed the need for developing infrastructure in the rural areas through provisions of urban amenities in rural areas. It can be achieved with three connectivities: physical, electronic and knowledge leading to economic connectivity.Premji, in his acceptance speech, urged the students to learn to lose and also to enjoy winning. Even in defeat, one must not lose the lesson. For him, excellence is not an act but a habit and one must also remember that a problem also carries its solution.