Campus Day and Samavarnam @ Amritapuri
April 28, 2012
“This is a good day to feel proud and inspired, and happy about the achievements of one of the younger campuses of one of the fastest growing universities in India today – our Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,” noted Dr. Bipin Nair, Dean, School of Biotechnology, Amritapuri.
Dr. Bipin was welcoming participants at the annual Campus Day celebrations that brought together students and faculty from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Ayurveda, Biotechnology, Business and Engineering on campus.
“One of the first US patents for our university was granted this year to an invention that came out of this very campus – the insulin pump,” stated Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, speaking next, outlining some of the major accomplishments during the year gone by.
“A Nobel Laureate agreed to join our university as an adjunct professor; this was a first for any Indian university. US universities of repute signed MoUs with us, recognizing our degrees on par with theirs,” he added.
Addressing the graduating students, he said, “Each one of you should feel very lucky to have studied in a university that has one of the greatest masters of all times, as its Chancellor and guiding light.”
Exhorting students to become forces of transformation and happiness for the entire world, he noted that even major landmarks in technology were usually brought about by one or two individuals who worked hard to make a change, and not by central, large-scale efforts.
The benedictory address by Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri encouraged these students to try and develop a mind that seeks to take a minimum from nature and society, but give the very maximum possible.
“If you try to give more, more will come to you,” Swamiji said, outlining the irrefutable laws of our existence. Read More »
“You are very fortunate to be part of Amrita University,” Chief Guest Sri. P. H. Kurien, IAS, Principal Secretary, IT and PWD, Government of Kerala, told the assembled gathering.
“Continue to have a strong belief in yourself, face competition by being compassionate to others,” he said.
The presentation of the campus annual report was followed by the release of the campus magazine.
The next part of the program honoured those students and faculty who had published and presented research papers or won national / international recognition for their projects with Awards of Excellence and Certificates of Appreciation.
Proficiency prizes for first-year students were distributed on the previous evening during Samavarnam celebrations by Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri.
Having become a powerful icon for the value education imparted at Amrita, this annual cultural festival of the Amritapuri campus, featured many song and dance presentations based on the Indian scriptures. The first issue of Samvit, the student journal of the Amritapuri campus, was released.
The special Samavarnam highlight was Swamiji’s satsang followed by a beautiful flute recital. As the soulful melodious notes transformed the program hall into a meditative setting, yet one more unforgettable memory was etched in the minds of the Amrita fraternity, even as one more chapter was written in the annals of its history.