Over 7k Received Degree Certificates In 124th Convocation Ceremony Of Savitribai Phule Pune University

Over 7k Received Degree Certificates In 124th Convocation Ceremony Of Savitribai Phule Pune University

Over 7k Received Degree Certificates In 124th Convocation Ceremony Of Savitribai Phule Pune University

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4 July 2024

The convocation ceremony holds immense significance as it marks the formal completion of a student’s academic journey and the beginning of their professional careers. It’s a momentous occasion where students are recognized and celebrated for their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments throughout their studies. The ceremony not only honors the graduates but also serves as a platform to inspire and motivate them to excel in their future endeavors.

In all, 7,125 students received degree certificates. Among them, 4,814 were undergraduates, 2,020 were postgraduates, 35 received diplomas, three earned MPhil degrees, and 239 were awarded PhDs. During the 124th graduation ceremony of Savitribai Phule Pune University, 71 outstanding students from various fields were honored with gold medals. The event was graced by the presence of TG Sitharam, the chairperson of the All India Council of Technical Education, who served as the chief guest for the occasion.

Sitharam described the convocation as a commemoration of the four-year journey of the National Education Policy 2020, which was implemented on July 29, 2020. He mentioned the formation of a 16-member executive council tasked with allocating Rs 50,000 crores for research and innovation endeavors over the upcoming five years. He emphasized that this period presents a prime opportunity for research and innovation in our nation, which is rapidly progressing.

Sitharam highlighted Pune’s significance as a center for startups and its impact on the economy. He stressed that for India to aspire to become the world’s third-largest economy, it is crucial to establish systems that can transform the demographic advantage into skilled technical and scientific human resources.

Sitharam underscored the importance of continuous upskilling and pointed out that despite approximately 26.5 crore children being in school education, only 4.3 crore progressed to higher education.

Sitharam highlighted that many developed countries have gross enrollment ratios exceeding 85%, whereas our enrollment ratios are significantly lower. He emphasized the importance of upskilling students, even if not all can pursue higher education, as it is crucial for our developing nation. According to the goals outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP), we aim to raise our Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) to 50% by 2035. To achieve this target, he mentioned the necessity of establishing at least 1,000 more universities.

Out of the 7,125 students who received degree certificates, there were 4,814 undergraduates, 2,020 postgraduates, 35 diploma holders, three MPhil students, and 239 PhD recipients from the batch that graduated in October/November 2023. It’s great to hear that 71 outstanding students were honored with 117 gold medals during the ceremony.

Vice Chancellor Suresh Gosavi mentioned the exciting start of new buildings and official activities at the Ahmednagar and Nashik campuses of SPPU this year. It’s great to hear that they have begun the construction of a hostel for 350 girls and a multi-storey hostel for international students. The development and expansion of facilities will surely enhance the overall experience for students at the university.

Big congratulations to all the students who received their certificates.