It was an evening of virtual goodbyes and motivating speeches as Bennett University said goodbye to its Batch of 2020. The evening witnessed over 400 students from PhD (2016-2020), MBA (2018-20), MBA (BFSI) (2017-19), B.Tech. (2016-2020), BA J&MC (2017-2020), PGD-BJ (2019-2020), PGD-DM (2019-2020), and BBA (2017-2020), being conferred their degrees as per schedule, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual convocation was attended by Chancellor Vineet Jain, Vice Chancellor Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar, Chief Guest Aamir Khan, Guest of Honour Raju Narisetti and Executive Director, BCCL, Revati Jain, along with families and teachers of the students.
Congratulating the students, Chancellor Vineet Jain, said, “Your hard work and determination have made you worthy of your degree. If there is one certainty that has emerged out of the pandemic, it is that there are no certainties anymore. The past is history and can no longer show the path to the future. The pandemic has taken a huge and tragic toll on lives and livelihoods. But every disruption, every upheaval in human history has led to new ways of thinking, and winning. And since we’re at a university convocation, let me predict that it will enhance the quality of education by combining the best of online with offline. It’ll act as a force multiplier for faster, deeper and more meaningful learning.”
Vice Chancellor Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar added, “As much as we wanted to hold this convocation of the founding batches for Engineering and Journalism and Mass Communication with a big celebration, the pandemic coerced us to restrain ourselves to hold it in online mode. We assure all the graduating students that as soon as the situation improves, we will celebrate together an alumni event on campus.”
Congratulating the graduating students, Aamir said, “While you all go on to be really successful, what would be great is that in this journey of yours if you can touch people’s hearts, make them happy, that’s something that we can leave behind, the moments that we have given to people. I really want to congratulate you all for what you have achieved and for completing your graduation. A new chapter in your life unfolds from here onwards, one which is full of opportunities, excitement, adventure and I hope is fulfilling for all of you. Go out and have fun, and while you are having fun, see if you can be sensitive to others. All the best to you all, and the Bennett University for the great job that they are doing.”
Talking about his own journey, Aamir added, “I remember by the time I was 16, I was pretty clear this is the field I want to be in. Cinema is the world I want to be in, a world of stories, of characters, of touching people’s hearts, make them smile and cry, and that excited me. I got to know this at a very young age, which is not very usual.”
“One of my biggest learning in life has been when I was doing Satyamev Jayate because I have lived a very sheltered life. When you live in Mumbai , you don’t come to know what’s happening at the grassroot. When I did Satyamev Jayate, I got to know so many things about my life, country, society, challenges we face, the kind of courage we have as people. I got to learn so much about my own country. I wish I had thought of this idea when I was 18 or 19,” Aamir added.
Raju Narisetti, Guest of Honour of the evening, and Publisher at McKinsey & Company’s Global Publishing, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Media Management at the convocation. Raju Narisetti is a Times School of Journalism alumnus. He began his journalism career at The Economic Times in Delhi before moving to the US. In the US, he started his reporting career at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio. At The Wall Street Journal, over 14 years, he went from a summer reporting intern to become the editor of WSJ Europe, and then Managing Editor, Digital, of the global WSJ. He shared, “My education began with BCCL. I was one of the early students of Times School of Journalism and we had the best teachers. It was not even a university but that did not matter. What mattered was that who taught us, what they taught us and what we take with that education. I have been 30 years in the industry but the difference has been my contribution that I could give because of my foundation and education in India.” Talking about Aamir, Raju shared, “For some of you, ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ may be a classic movie, but I saw the movie the first week in the theatre. More seriously, I am delighted Aamir is here because of what he does with his status and as a role model. The most famous example of that is the TV show he did, ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which tackled some of the most pressing issues in India on national television.”
It has been three years of learning and exposure: Students
While the students missed the last opportunity to meet their friends, batchmates and teachers at the convocation in person, they thanked the university for all the opportunities. Triya Gulati, a student from BA (Journalism & Mass Communication) from Batch of 2020, shared, “These three years have been the years of learning and experience at BU. The university has made me a confident person, and has offered me the best of opportunities in terms of education, extra-curricular activities as well as internship.”
Gunisha Sahni from the outgoing batch of BBA shared that the university helped her in getting over her fear of public speaking. “I found great people not just in terms of my friends but academically as well. The course not only helped me in learning theoretically but there was experiential learning as well. It gave us the opportunity to start our own clubs at the campus and I am thankful for that,” she said.
The university has a competent placement team which is constantly interacting with industry and corporates to enable internships and placements for the students. Kashish Suneja, a student from B.Tech, has been placed at Microsoft at Rs 44 lakh/year while one in every four students is placed at the salary of more than Rs 10 lakh/year.
Bennett University, founded by the Times of India Group, is a multi-disciplinary university committed to providing academic excellence in higher education and creating a learning atmosphere conducive to research, practical and entrepreneurial applications. The University offers Undergraduate and Post Graduate programs in Engineering, Law, Management and Media to prepare its students for the world of the future.
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