www.businessworld.com | May 07, 2019
Chief Guest N Chandrasekaran gave an inspiring speech to the young graduates and honoured them with the degree certificates.
The annual convocation ceremony of FLAME University saw a total of 243 students being awarded their degrees (2018-19 Batch) from the undergraduate, post-graduate and scholars programmes. Also, 18 students received awards for academic and all-round excellence.
Welcoming the gathering and sharing his words of wisdom with the soon to be graduates, Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University said, “Humility and knowledgeability is the most potent combination that can determine anyone’s success. Success will definitely come to all those who work hard, but it will reward those who are willing to embrace failure before they can succeed”. Urging them to go and make a difference to the world, he added “Be Authentic…not Conformists - Dare to be Disruptive and Different".
Earlier in the afternoon, the Chief Guest, N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman Tata Sons, was welcomed on campus by the president, vice-chancellor, members of the governing body, deans, faculty and other senior members of the FLAME community.
Addressing the graduating students at the Convocation 2019 ceremony held at the FLAME University, N. Chandrasekaran said, “Every time there is a massive disruption in technology that impacts all, there is a huge opportunity. We are at a time where AI is going to make a tremendous impact. We probably have the most exciting challenges and opportunities in the next 20-30 years sop”.
"You are entering the next phase of your life, and the timing couldn’t be better in the global and Indian context. The next decade when you are in the prime of your careers will be an exciting one. As you build your career it is important to keep your moral compass on to do things right. Eventually, you will get success" he further advised the students.
Chandrasekharan concluded his address saying, “When you are in a tough spot and you can't move forward, it requires a change in mindset. Gratitude with the right attitude will take you altitude”.
The FLAME campus was brimming with high energy levels reflecting the enthusiasm amongst the soon to be graduates and their families. The audience accorded a rousing welcome as the ceremonial procession comprising the Vice-Chancellor, Chief Guest, members of the Governing Body, Faculty and graduating students entered the venue.
The Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor gave away the various awards and certificates celebrating meritorious academic and all-round excellence. Proud family members and friends cheered loudly as the students went up on to the dais to receive their awards and graduation certificates. A total of 243 students graduated from the Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Scholars programmes respectively.
Celebrating Student Successes at FLAME
Academic and All Round Excellence
Students received awards for academic and all-round excellence. Medals were given away by the Chief Guest N Chandrasekaran to toppers of the Undergraduate, MBA, MBA in Communications programme and the FLAME Scholars programme. The Dean’s Roll of Honour and Trail Blazers Awards were presented to 87 students at the pre-convocation ceremony.
FLAME Entrepreneurship Lab
FLAME Entrepreneurship Lab (FEL) helped over 100 students and supported 15+ business projects and alumni startups through various activities and initiatives over the last academic year. One such project called 'Edibl', a startup idea that will enable rural employment generation while reducing plastic consumption in HORECA sector by making edible cutlery from ingredients such as staple foods. Edibl was conceived as a part of Babson Collaborative Challenge, in collaboration with Babson College and FLAME University Entrepreneurship Department, that focuses on startup ideas by students based on UN Sustainability Goals.
FLAME Investment Lab
The FIL students outlined the achievements of their efforts in the field of investments during the preceding academic year. Certificates were given away by the President of the FLAME University to the deserving students of the FLAME Investment Lab.
Discover India Programme
A Book and AV launch of three prize-winning projects under the DIP was also held during the pre-convocation ceremony. They were the Mud and Mirror Project, the Real Madras Handkerchief, and Mayurbhanj Chhau.
The Convocation 2019 concluded on a high note with the ceremonial hat toss by the graduating students, signifying the conclusion of their journey at FLAME. A journey filled with unforgettable memories of learning, growing, gaining knowledge, building bonds with their ‘Gurus’, mentoring their juniors, making friends for life, having fun in and outside the class, interacting with influencers, leaders and more.
The evening ended amidst happy and emotional moments with families, friends and classmates hugging each other, taking selfies one last time, as they bid adieu and prepared to go back home and step into the real world from tomorrow.