The 12th graduation day ceremony of the Indian Academy group of institutions was held recently. Over 900 students from various disciplines such as B.Com, B. Sc, MBA, M.Sc and Nursing graduated at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

S.L. Rao, former Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, was the chief guest. In his address, Prof. Rao pointed out the various trends and shifts in the economic and demographic position that India occupies today. He said that India is a young nation and as a part of the ‘demographic advantage’, it was up to the youth to take India forward.

In his presidential address, the Chairman, T. Somasekhar, congratulated the graduating students and said that receiving the degrees was just the beginning; he advised the students to cultivate the ability to learn, relearn and unlearn in order to stay relevant.

As many as 38 students also received merit awards and certificates for their academic excellence.


Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences (AIMS) celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with three ceremonies – inaugural, graduation and valedictory.

Madan Mohan Pant, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, was the chief guest. Balaveera Reddy, former Vice-Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, was the guest of honour.

B.M. Reddy, President of JMJ Education Society, Bangalore, was the special guest.

Career guidance

Shirdi Sai Engineering College organised a career guidance programme “Career options in engineering programme” for II PUC students. The Hindu EducationPlus was the media partner.

Jayaprakash Gandhi, career analyst and consultant, addressed the participants and advised the students to prefer a good college rather than prioritising a good branch as companies recruit students only from performing colleges irrespective of the branch. He said there are tremendous opportunities available for civil engineers. After completing civil engineering, perusing postgraduate courses in ocean technology and earthquake engineering will lead towards a successful career. He also said that electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) has good scope.

Prizes galore

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) students were overall champions in fests held recently at Mount Carmel College, CMS Jain College, SDM IMD Mysore, Indian Business Academy and Thiagarajar School of Management, other than at Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras Management Association (MMA) and Christ University.

Graduation day

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was the chief guest at New Horizon Engineering College graduation day and conferred degrees, medals of honour and merit certificates on MBA, MCA and M.Tech students in the presence of Mohan Manghnani, Chairman, New Horizon Educational Institution, Manjunatha, Principal, New Horizon College of Engineering, faculty and staff members.


Jain University organised a three-day international collaborative workshop on ‘Material Culture’ in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Archaeological Survey of India, Bangalore Circle, and the University of Exeter, England. Research scholars from various institutions in Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Pune and Mysore participated.

Reputed artists S.G. Vasudev and Balan Nambiar attended the first day of the workshop, ‘Dialogue with an Artist’.