New Delhi: BML Munjal University (BMU), a Hero Group initiative, today announced its first “e-convocation” (5th convocation) on 19th September 2020 where 540+ students from BMU’s School of Management, School of Engineering & Technology and School of Economics & Commerce from the Gurgaon campus were conferred with the graduation degrees on successful completion of B.Tech, B.Com, BBA & MBA programmes.
A day of many firsts, September 19, 2020 saw BMU’s first-ever virtual convocation ceremony, to celebrate its first class of graduates who completed their studies remotely at a time in history like no other. For the first time 540 students marked the special celebration & milestone from their homes to a brighter future. The e-convocation was graced by the chief guest, Mr. Sandeep Patel, Managing Director, IBM India South Asia.
The program began at 11 am and continued till 1 pm. The ceremony was virtually attended by the Chief Guest, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deans, Registrar, Distinguished Board Members, Faculty members, and the graduating students of BML Munjal University through video conferencing. The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chancellor BML Munjal University & Chairman, Hero Enterprise, this was followed by the presentation of the annual report by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. (Prof.) Manoj K Arora, where he announced some of the key milestones achieved by the university in the last one year. He mentioned about the School of Management being ranked 37th in NIRF 2020, BMU being the digital campus for Blended Learning, receiving QS I-GAUGE E-LEAD Certificate for Academic Digitization and being chosen as one of the Atal Community Innovation Centers. The Convocation address was presented by the Chief Guest, Mr. Sandeep Patil, Managing Director, IBM India South Asia, was felicitated with the “Excellence in Digital Transformation & Management” title. Thereafter, the graduates were conferred the degree virtually. Mr. Akshay Munjal, President, BML Munjal University concluded the ceremony by congratulating the graduates and encouraging them for their future ahead.
The event that was live on Zoom, was witnessed by the parents and other family members of the students. The ceremony celebrated and recognized that the new alumni not just braved the challenge of finishing their studies distantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are setting out on the next chapter of their lives in a changed world.
Addressing the students and faculty virtually, Mr. Sandeep Patel, Managing Director, IBM India & South Asia said, “I congratulate the passing out class of 2020 of BMU. This is a very special day which marks the successful end of an academic session but it is in fact a road to new beginnings. A virtual convocation may have been an option in the past too but today it is a need of the hour and a reality. While nothing can replace the power of personal connection, the fact of the matter is that despite so much disruption around us, we all continue to stay connected. Technology is changing our entire ecosystem at a very fast pace, there is an acceleration of digitization, new ecosystems which are getting created and there is accessible data and a lot more, there are several of these things that are changing and students should be open to these changes and think of a way to capitalize on it. I would like to share 5 principles of my personal & professional life with the young minds on this very celebration and those are “Change is the only constant”, learn the “Art of collaboration”, “Never let a crisis go to waste”, “Pursuit for excellence”, “Embrace technology”. I wish all the luck to my young friends who have embarked a journey towards a new world.”
Speaking on the occasion, Prof (Dr.) Manoj K Arora, Vice-Chancellor, BMU said, “We had our 5th Convocation on September 19, 2020. Last year has been very productive for us on all fronts, teaching, research, innovation, partnerships and placements of students. The leadership team, faculty and staff has been working tirelessly to translate the vision of the governing body on ground with only one objective, that is, to improve quality of education and enhance student experience. I am sure we will be one of the top universities in near future. I congratulate all the graduating students. I am confident that the knowledge gained by them during their stay on the campus has equipped them with necessary skills to excel in their chosen profession and contribute to nation building.”
BMU also handed out medals to meritorious students; best outgoing students were awarded with Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal Medal and Academic Excellence Medal. Furthermore, in spite of these tough times, the institute has placed its students even amid the lockdown. The graduating students are successfully placed in the companies like Google, Tata Consultancy Services, Grant Thornton, Hero MotoCorp, KPMG and others.