HSNC University, one of the most promising multidisciplinary educational institutions in the country, held its First Convocation Ceremony at the Rama & Sundri Watumull Auditorium in K.C. College Campus, Churchgate on Saturday 11th February to award degrees to the first batch of students from completing their graduate and postgraduate programs from the university. The top rankers from 15 different programs were awarded a medal and a certificate.

The Convocation ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra State and Chancellor of HSNC University, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Padma Vibhushan Dr Raghunath A. Mashelkar, FRA, Former Director General, of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost HSNC University, Prof Dr. Hemlata Bagla, Vice Chancellor HSNC University, and Dr Anil Harish, Trustee, and President of HSNC Board shared the dais with the dignitaries on this momentous occasion.

In her welcome address, Prof. Hemlata Bagla said, “We at HSNC University wish to continue our efforts in contributing to the process of nation-building, and also the overall societal welfare. We envision that the university leapfrogs into becoming one of the topmost universities in India in the times to come.” She emphasized the holistic pedagogy of HSNC University, built around projects, research experimentation, and experience that aids in the development of well-rounded individuals who can contribute constructively to society.

In his address, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost, HSNC University Mumbai, quoted Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who had said, “If the seeds of good humanity and good culture are sown, the reward of a rich harvest can be reaped by generations to come.” He stressed the point that HSNC University Mumbai is probably the first university in the country to adopt suggestions given in the new education policy.

In his Convocation address, Padmasri Dr. Mashelkar congratulated the first batch of graduating students and stressed that the 1st batch is always special. He asked the students to focus on value-based education, and aspire to create the Bharat of their dreams, a Bharat that is Santulit, Su-Sanskrit, Su-vidya, Samruddh, Sushasit, Surakshit, and most importantly Swanandit Bharat.

He expressed his faith in the vision and aptitude of the current generation that wants to create indigenous tech giants such as Microsoft and Google within the shores of India. Since 2016, he said there’ve been 100 plus unicorns, the number touching 44 in 2021 – almost one unicorn per week! What is more promising, he said, is that “50% of the unicorns have been set from founders who hail from tier-3 cities –thus fulfilling our vision of inclusion, justice and democratization. He said that one must always remember the 3 P’s in life Purpose, Perseverance and Passion, and also stressed on the value of focus in one’s life.

In his Presidential address – Chancellor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari congratulated the management of the university and the first graduating batch of students. He elaborated that HSNC State Cluster University was formed under the vision of the Central Government to create smaller cluster universities for more efficient management. In his address, he said, The HSNC University is bound to be among the top-most universities in the country in the coming future. The VC and Provost are immersed into transforming the HSNC university and constituent colleges into sustainable world-class university. Realize the Prime Minister’s dream of India being a Jagat Guru.”

To the graduating batch, he extended his warm wishes. He said, “you are all excellent businesswomen, scientists, and researchers. Now, you have to work harder to prove your worth. If not unicorns, you are definitely unique! Because you have the privilege of studying at the HSNC university.”

Also present on the occasion were Shri Dr. Kishu Mansukhani, Immediate Past President of the HSNC Board, Ms. Maya Shahani, HSNC Board Trustee, Honourable Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Maharashtra, HSNC Board members, University Deans, University Officers, principals of the constituent colleges and HSNC board colleges and the members of the Dept of Higher Education.