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Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, was conferred with Degree of Doctor of Science (Honnoris Causa) for his extraordinary commitment in furthering the cause and growth of Automobile Industry, and for his significant contribution to the Social Development of India at the 53rd Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) held recently in campus.
2389 students were awarded the degrees after successful completion of their academic programmes.
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, was the Chief Guest for the occasion and speaking to the graduating students, said, “As you graduate today you are adding a 'D' which is Degree to your name. I urge you all to add 3 more 'Ds' to your name. The first D is to dream- dream big, not for yourself but for the country and for the world. The second 'D' is to Discover- discover your full potential and the opportunities that surrounds you and the third 'D' is to 'Do'. Do means to act on your dreams, and make best use of the opportunities you have discovered. I am sure if you master on all these 'Ds' in your life you will bring prosperity not only for your parents and family but for the country and the world. From my own experience I want to say that you should follow your heart and the mind will follow you. Believe in yourself and you will create miracles.”
While speaking to the graduting students after recieving the award Anand Mahindra said, “Everyone says that 'Jugad' is India's biggest contribution to the world. What I want from you all is to work towards moving from 'Jugad' to 'Jhakaas'. This can be done by thinking differently. Therefore, I believe that there is a need for an education system where questions are encouraged and failures are embraced. The need is to add 'I' in the system”
Prof. Yehudi Blacher , Deputy Chancellor, Monash University, Australia, members of Board of Governors and several other distinguished guests from India and abroad attended the Convocation function, besides the graduating students and their proud parents.