Ahmedabad University, established in 2009 as a private university, is an unprecedented effort to build a timeless legacy that brings character and pride to the State of Gujarat and India. It is a unique institutional experiment in contemporary Indian higher education to build an institution of excellence that is characterized by impeccable governance, philanthropic financial support, and rigorous academics. The University is trying to build an institution that provides inclusive and transformative education, along with working on remaking education by developing an ability to engage with the context of learning. Taken together, these three ideas shape our positioning, strategy, and plan for the University in order to foster continuous progress of the self and society. Leading academicians and philanthropists are helping build Ahmedabad University as one of the finest liberal education driven research university of the country.
Addressing the gathering of graduating students and accompanied parents, Professor Pankaj Chandra, Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University, talked about the three goals that the University is assiduously pursuing. The university is trying to build an institution that provides inclusive and transformative education, along with working on remaking education by developing an ability to engage with the context of learning. He emphasised that we need to face real challenges, and we can do so by building a serious academic centre.
The Chancellor of Ahmedabad University, Shri Sanjay Lalbhai, expressed about the innovation in technology and how it will be bringing major changes in the world of businesses. He mentioned that with the increasing innovation in technology, one will receive higher productivity and quality at a lower cost. Moreover, it will also expand the base of individuals and start-ups that are developing newer and more powerful applications. He emphasised that we must try to expand our own base of innovation and job.
Dr Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, India’s leading steam engineering and control instrumentation firm, shared his thoughts on essential and practical aspects of life and career to the passing out graduates of the 8th Convocation.
Dr Forbes began the Convocation address with his views on what makes for living a good life. Living a good life, he said, starts with choosing the right career. That comes from choosing to do what one enjoys the most, selecting a good organisation to work with, and, most importantly, having a good role in the organisation. To do well in one’s job, the content of the job and the kind of people one works with daily, are prerequisites. They also bring satisfaction and motivation to the job. The organisational culture and the opportunity to make a difference are the other aspects that motivate people to do well.
He highlighted the new and emerging opportunities that our economy is throwing up, and how they are enabling the less privileged to grow socially and economically. Dr Forbes also shared how our industrialists are leading the Indian economy with resilience and entrepreneurial and independent spirit vis-à-vis the state-led economy of China. To get an edge over others, he said, the Indian industry must be more ethical, international, technologically focused, and collaborative. He said an educational degree assures a minimum standard of living, provides the opportunity to experiment, and enables students to follow their passion and do what they love. In his concluding remarks, Dr Forbes urged the graduates to do what they love and love what they do; and said that money would follow.
A total of 1260 students graduated this year across four schools, namely:
|Schools||Number of Students Graduated||Gold Medalists|
|Amrut Mody School of Management||909||Hirak Shailesh Acharya, Summit Rajesh Gupta and Megha Rajesh Gupta|
|School of Engineering and Applied Sciences||195||Amish Rasiklal Chovatiya, Deep Jitendrabhai Talati and Kshitij T Kumbar|
|School of Computer Studies||141||Bhakti Jagdish Gajjar and Priyanka Ramesh Valecha|
|School of Arts and Sciences||15||-|