BML Munjal University’s 6th Convocation celebrated the exceptional achievement of completing a university education that despite the pandemic has not paired down its mission of preparing ethical future leaders, for whom academic excellence is only the least of the expectation.
At the Convocation, held on 11th September 2021, degrees were conferred on 397 outgoing students from across disciplines — B.Tech, BBA, BA (Hons), MBA and PhD — completing their academic programmes in 2021. The event was held online for everyone’s safety in the ongoing pandemic.
Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, and one of the most loved and respected citizens in the country, was the Chief Guest at BMU’s 6th Convocation. His enthralling presence albeit online and address was not only inspirational for the students but also a great discussion on how-to about the life they are about to experience post Convocation. A man who lives by example, Mr. Murthy shared his experiences, what it took to achieve the things he has and how important is was to contribute to the nation. His emphasised on the need for strong character, integrity, patriotism, but most importantly on humility, especially in moments of glory, which he said would be plenty for the students graduating on the day. His confidence in BMU and its graduates in itself was a prize for all.
The Convocation also featured the presentation of the Annual Report for the Academic Year – 2020-21 by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Manoj K Arora. This report typically discusses the year goes by, highlighting this time the university’s activities and initiatives. Prof. Arora was delighted to declare that BMU is already an NEP-ready university. NEP is the New Education Policy that focuses on the holistic development of students. At BMU, the focus has been further strengthened on inter-disciplinary research and learning, focus on Innovation and entrepreneurship, translation and applied research, teacher education and development all embedded in the teaching and learning processes.
BMU’s curriculum has been revamped to meet the current needs and standards with huge flexibility in the form of new-age specialisations which students can opt as majors and minors. The Vice Chancellor appreciated the faculty, staff, and students for their enormous adaptation ability in the new ways of learning during the pandemic.
BMU has established a fully functional ATAL community centre on the campus and is currently incubating 10 Alumni student start-ups. In the Academic Year 2021 more than 100 research papers, two books and ten book chapters were published by the faculties of BMU. During this period 30 patents have been filed and 15 patents have been published. BMU also launched a journal called Journal of Business, Ethics and society which is an inter-disciplinary journal that aligns well with the vision of BMU. Several virtual summits and workshops were held by all the schools at BMU in 2021, which helped not only bring in panels of experts to the table enriching the faculty and students but also kept the virtual environment rich. Some of the key summits were the Law Conclaves, Career Guidance and Development Centre, Leadership Summit and Technology Conclaves.
In AY 2021, BMU has also added new academic partners, namely – Milwaukee School of Engineering, Birmingham City University, Hero Vired and National Highway Authority of India. BMU is also incorporated in Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation with IIT Delhi as the nodal institute. Nearly 30 other premier institutes are a part of this Delhi Science and Technology Mega Cluster.
BMU offers Executive Learning programme and joined hands with Eduditus for Certificate and Degree courses. In 2021, BMU conducted three executive programmes with an outlay of more than Rs. 3 Cr. The Vice Chancellor also recognised the faculty’s contribution in Research Publication. The Student Community, comprising 20 diverse clubs conducted 150 + online events this year. Their participation in sports and cultural activities continued.
In AY 2021, 90% of students secured placement and the highest CTC being Rs. 40 LPA. The average CTC increased to Rs. 6.6 LPA. More than 120 companies visited the campus for placement though virtually.
Prof. Arora also announced that by 2025, BML Munjal University aims to be known as a university that produces successful Entrepreneurs, a university that nurtures well-rounded holistic individuals who are ready for a thriving professional and personal life, and a university that is known for its best faculty in the county.
BMU’s Chancellor, Shri Sunil Kant Munjal, in his address, congratulated the faculty and students on being one of the youngest Universities to be ranked under 100 in NIRF. He emphasised that we must be open for continuous renewal in the ongoing challenges for learning, unlearning, and re-learning.
The outgoing Class of 2021 pledged to be the best in what they do and to be an asset to the nation and university by upholding highest moral ethics, honesty, and promote unity and secular ideal of our nation.
It is heartening to see the heights that BMU students reach and the success they have been achieving. Known to be passionate, virtuous, equipped with knowledge and intellectual skills to take on the world, they are well appreciated at the companies they join. We congratulate our students from Class of 2021 for their accomplishment and wish them success in all their endeavours.