Special Convocation (20 September)
The Special Convocation on 20 September in the presence of Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was organized to confer the Honorary Doctorate- Honoris Causa upon Mr. Herman De Croo. The event opened with recitation of shlokas, lighting of the lamp and ‘Saraswati Vandana’.Our VC Prof. Ajay Kumar Singh welcomed Poojya Gurudev, Chief Guests, Guests of Honour, dignitaries, faculty and students for gracing the Special Convocation. Our Guest of Honour Mr. Peter Cooper, Chairman, Cooper Investors in his address specified that the University has a lot to offer as it believes in an integrated system where the ancient wisdom combines with modern science.
Thereafter, the Honorary Doctorate-Honoris Causa was conferred upon Mr. Herman De Croo, the longest serving Belgian Member of Parliament. Mr. Herman De Croo, in his acceptance speech said, “The University has a great destiny, as it instills in students the spirit of service which is crucial to become future leaders”
Our President Rajita Bagga said, “The most important aspect that defines the University is our continuous endeavour to bring the best of the world to Odisha and take the best of Odisha to the world.”
Chief Guest, Shri Dibya Shankar Mishra,Hon’ble MoS(Govt. of Odisha) Energy,MSME, Home(S) highlighted that SriSri University has been made with pure human effort and sets a beautiful example on how Gurudev’s vision has translated into reality.
Poojya Gurudev at the Special Convocation said, “The experience of wise men and great leaders is a treasure for all to hold in their hearts and keep in their minds. These inspirational icons are a guiding light for the youth of today.” The University also launched two research centres- Sri Sri Advance Global Centre for Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies and Sri Sri Advance Global Centre for Indigenous Studies in the presence of Poojya Gurudev at the Special Convocation.
The University, in association with start-up Odisha also launched a two-week acceleration program for early stage startups in the presence of Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Special Convocation.