From the desk of the Vice-Chancellor
A Convocation is surely the most celebratory moment in the academic calendar of a University. On one of the hottest days of the Haryana summer, 11th June, the travails of the weather were set aside as graduating students, with parents and families, Ashoka’s founders and friends, faculty and staff, and senior members of the University administration participated in a beautifully orchestrated Convocation ceremony in the auditorium and a relaxed high tea on the lawns outside afterwards.
A Convocation in person after two years. The return to the tossing of convocation caps by the graduands in the auditorium, the roll call and receiving of degree scrolls from the Chancellor, the Dean of Academic Affairs administering the Ashoka oath, two very distinguished guests, Professor Kelvin Everest and Professor Maria Leptin, delivering the Convocation Address in each part of the ceremony – these were moments to cherish as we gathered in the physical space of the auditorium.
I hope this Newsletter is able to capture visually and through links the magic of that day.
In this edition, I want to highlight also the work of one of our Centres, the Centre for China Studies, and the unique YSP Science Programme, as a flavour of the multiple other happenings at Ashoka.