PES University conducted its Fifth annual convocation on November 8th, 2020 with a total of 2032 candidates receiving the degrees. It was a mixed mode with Ph.D. holders and rank holders were invited for the convocation while other successful graduates watched the proceedings online. Two candidates were conferred Doctorate degrees at the ceremony and 14 gold medals and 59 silver medals were won by the graduating class.
His Lordship Mr Justice Gopal Gowda V delivered the convocation address. He said that the circumstances of this convocation are a bit unusual, and I would have loved the opportunity to meet all of the graduands and congratulated them at their immense achievement in person. He said Engineering is one of the oldest professions known to mankind, along with medicine and law. Engineers are the often said to be the architects of modern India. Right from the great Sir M. Visvesvaraiyya, Jagdish Chandra Bose, M.N Dastur, the designer of Steel plants, APJ Abdul Kalam, till the more recent example of Mr. E Sreedharan, the ‘metro man’ of Delhi. Science and technology is duly recognized as the vehicle to take India into the front ranks of the nations of the world. An issue of equal importance in the role of engineers, especially in a society like ours, is that they have the burden of addressing problems specific to developing communities including water provisioning and purification, sanitation, power production, shelter, site planning, infrastructure, food production and distribution, and communication, among many others.
Further he highlighted on space-race and role of engineers. While the space race is on all over the world, the Indian engineers play a key role in designing ingenious satellites, without any help from the intelligentsia of other countries. These satellites, apart from enhancing our knowledge about the Universe, also play a major role by performing several other key functions, like predicting whether, and the rainfall pattern, flood warning etc.
What is not understood is how many engineers, technologists and technicians are required to drive economic growth and sustainable development objectives within a country. There is no simple answer to this question as it is not simply a numbers game; more engineering professionals are needed if the number of engineers, engineering technologists and engineering technicians per capita is below the ﬁgures of a country’s competitors. Furthermore, increasing the number of engineering graduates is not necessarily a solution as there may be a shortfall in the job market for such graduates or the attractiveness of other non-engineering professions requiring problem-solving skills might entice graduates away from engineering he added.
Dr M R Doreswamy acknowledged PANDIT MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA who was instrumental in establishing BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY. As founder what I expect from our graduands are:
(1) Parents have played a vital role in your success as a graduand and it is your first and foremost duty to remember, recognize and honor the sacrifice of your parents on this very auspicious occasion. Next, teachers. Teachers have moulded you into professionals. Remember and respect them. Finally have gratitude to Society.
(2) Follow core values of PES i.e. Perseverance, Excellence and Service in your life. At PES we have perseverance i.e. continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties / challenges. You are steeping into real world and you may have lot of challenges, remember “P” of PES i.e perseverance, I am sure you will succeed and PES has already imbibed this in you he added. You entered the portals of PES University to get a degree, I am very happy to say that you are leaving with not just a degree but a career including very good placements in a best company. Thus you have excelled. Next core value is “SERVICE”. Service has become one of our core values of PES. As a student myself I started school at Thyagarajnagar as that locality had no schools in those days. It is not that I had all resources so I started a school, but it was with motivation to render service to society. If you look at 5 decades of my journey in the field of education, service is our motto he added. He re-called service in terms of school adoption, house constructions, medical camps, blood donation camps, etc
(3) Admire NEP: New Education Policy (NEP) emphasises on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’ and I call upon all graduands to become ‘job creators’. NEP is comprehensive, holistic, far sighted and aimed to bring revolutionary change in education system.
(4) Every graduate of PES University should fight against the corruption, fight against crime and terror, fight against injustice.
Prof. D Jawahar, Pro Chancellor admitted the qualifying candidates and administered the oath of working for public good, innovating for advancement in their field of work, accountability to future generation, conducting oneself with honour and upholding the values of perseverance, excellence and service. He unveiled the scroll of honour carrying the names and pictures of meritorious students of the year.
Dr J Suryaprasad, Vice Chancellor introduced the chief guest and dignitaries on the dais. Dr M R Doreswamy, Chancellor declared the convocation proceedings open. Dr K S Sridhar, Registrar presented the candidates to the council of the university.
The graduating class saw active recruitment by leading global and Indian investment banks, software and engineering companies and promising start ups. The graduating batch made the most of the internship opportunities with key industry players.