Woman of Year Awardee Anju Boby George awarded an honorary degree

Dr. K. Kasturirangan,  Ms. Anju Bobby George, Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Dr. Majid Al Marri were honoured with Honoris Cause

Bhopal: 4th Dec 2021: Jagran Lakecity University (JLU), one of the leading and most awarded universities of central India, hosted a combined convocation ceremony for their 2020 and 2021 batch students on Saturday, 4th December at their Student Enrichment Hub in Bhopal. The occasion was graced with the presence of Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Chairman – NEP Drafting Committee, Eminent Space Scientist and Educationist, who was invited as the chief guest of the ceremony and delivered the convocation address, virtually through video conferencing. Along with Dr. Kasturirangan, Padma Shri, Khel Ratna and Arjun Awardee –Ms. Anju Bobby George, and Padma Shri – Ms. Bhawana Somaaya, Film Journalist, Critic and Author, who joined the ceremony on campus, and were awarded Honoris Causa by JLU.

In this 6th Convocation ceremony, JLU awarded 1226 Students with degrees in which 51 rank holders, 11 gold medallists and 9 Ph.D degree holders were facilitated. Shri Hari Mohan Gupta, Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University, presided over the ceremony and motivated the students to achieve great heights in the next chapter of their lives. The ceremony was held in hybrid format i.e. it was both live on campus for students and faculty, and was broadcast online for parents. As per the new UGC recommendation to use handloom clothing on such occasions, all students, members of faculty, and the guests of honor followed the protocol.

In his virtual convocation address Dr. Kasturirangan congratulated all the graduates for success and upcoming achievement in a demanding ecosystem which they are going to enter. He added “May the value system of JLU inspire you for high and noble aspirations. JLU has established itself as a preferred destination of education all over the world and I am sure with the vision of Chancellor and the management, JLU will mould a generation with impeccable standards, which will be built to last the transformational changes demanded with knowledge.” Dr. Kasturirangan also discussed briefly the components of the New Education Policy, and advised the students to, “Face the Challenges, as at heart of challenges are the opportunities – What looks like impossible at first becomes possible with self-confidence”

The University has a practice of conferring, honorary doctoral degrees to eminent personalities who have achieved excellence in their chosen field of work as a way of recognising societal contribution and to inspire a future generation of achievers. The fourth honorary degree is awarded to Dr. Majid Al Marri, CEO of Dubai Land Department, CEO of Real Estate Registration and Services, which will be conferred on him at Expo 2020 Dubai. JLU is present as a university partner in the Indian Pavilion of the Dubai Expo.

Vice chancellor of JLU, renowned political scientist, Dr. Sandeep Shastri in his introductory speech, highlighted the key achievements of the university in the last two years. He commended the graduates securing their degrees at this convocation to uphold the name of their institution and contribute to society in their chosen area of work.

Post the ceremony, Ms. Anju Bobby George, the iconic long jump champion of India, also inaugurated the new state of the art, Futsal Arena and the Basketball Court at the Student Enrichment Hub of JLU. This was the first event that Ms. Anju attended after being awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ by world athletics federation this month. Apart from the existing sports facilities, these new additions will help JLU support quality training programmes for sports enthusiast in the future.

Ms. Bhawana Somaaya, who was familiar with the campus, visited the new and modern media studio. Post the event, the 3 guests of honor toured the JLU campus and appreciated the facilities and equipment that the students have at their disposal to practice and learn, especially the Shri Gurudev Gupta Media Studios. 

Jagran Lakecity University is the only university in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to be conferred with the revered overall ‘Diamond’ rating by QS I-GAUGE, a comprehensive, independent and international rating system for India’s universities and colleges. JLU was rated amongst the top 25 universities in India by the QS I-GAUGE, a globally recognised university rating system, which has expertise, experience, and reputation of the UK based (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds, along with deep local knowledge of luminaries from Indian education.