Bay News Network, Visakhapatnam: GITAM University is celebrating its second Convocation on Saturday. Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Secretary Defence R&D and DG, DRDO, attending as Chief Guest to deliver the Convocation address. Vice-Chancellor Prof. G.Subrahmanyam, in a press release, announced that the University is privileged to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science on Dr. Vijaya Kumar Saraswat, Secretary Defence R&D and Dr. K.I. Vara Prasad Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, Shantha Biotechnics. The University will also confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters on Dadi Janki, Chief Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris for her distinguished and outstanding contributions to spirituality and her devoted and dedicated services to millions of people across the world, and confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters on Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao for his distinguished and outstanding contributions to Arts and society. GU President Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthi will present the Honorary Doctorates to the above personalities on 20th August at the Second Convocation function.
As Director General of DRDO, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mathri and Secretary Defence Research Development, Ministry of Defense, he brought innovative breakthroughs in many critical technological areas to support the strategic and tactical requirements of the nation. In his present capacity, he brought innovative breakthroughs in many critical technological areas to support the strategic and tactical requirements of the nation. He has successfully guided the Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft); Nag (Anti Tank Missile); Astra (Air-to-Air Missile); and Divyadrishti (EW software). He is responsible for India to join the Elite club of four nations that have developed the BMD capabilities in a very cost effective manner. A Master in Mechanical Engineering from the IISc, Bangalore, he had specialized and obtained his doctorate in Combustion Engineering. The scientific career of Dr V.K. Saraswat spans over 38 years and his defence research won him international acclaim. He was awarded Padmashree by Govt of India in 1998, DRDO’s Technology Leadership Award, Dr Y Nayudamma Memorial Award in 2010 and many more.
Dadi Janki ji
Dadi Janki ji, Chief Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris is very special whose thoughts and actions inspire us to divinity and inculcate virtues and values in our lives. Her devotees feel that she is God’s ambassador of peace. Her personality overflows with Godhood and spiritual might. Her every action embodies love, sweetness and divinity. Dadi Janki Ji has dedicated more than 70 years of her life in the service of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. She established the first Brahma Kumaris Centre outside of India in UK inspiring self-reliance and the development of spiritual values in western society. Her vision and drive saw the organization’s teachings carried into more than 126 countries.
Dadi served as one of the Keepers of Wisdom, an advisory group of eminent spiritual and religious leaders, convened at the UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil and at Habitat II in Istanbul, Turkey. Dadi addressed the world governments about the crucial need for people-centred development and the pivotal role of human and spiritual values in survival. Dadi is a pioneer of a modern form of the ancient art of Raja Yoga. Dadi Janki’s published books include Companion of God, Wings of Soul, Pearls of Wisdom, Inside out and Spiritual Greatness. Her age, wisdom, and experience in life make her a unique inspiration for anyone looking to live a happier, more peaceful, more meaningful life.
Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Padma Vibhushan Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao popularly known as ANR is a household name for generations of South Indians especially Telugu cinegoers. Dr. Rao hails from an agricultural family. He moved from theatre to films at a tender age of 20. Dr. Rao acted in over 250 films with finesse, success and aplomb spanning over seven decades. In the history of silver screen heroes in the world, it is only Dr. Akkineni who celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of film career. He continues to be a crowd puller even today with his mature, regulated histrionics and his creative, active association with literary, cultural activities.
Dr. Akkineni is instrumental in moving the Telugu film industry from Madras to Hyderabad. Dr. Rao is always in the forefront to take up the cause of needy in times of war, natural calamities etc., exhibiting his concern for the society and patriotic fervor. Dr. Akkineni has been the recipient of Best Actor Awards, Presidential Medals and Special Appreciations, besides Kalaprapoorna, Padma Bhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Raghupathi Venkayya Award and the recently conferred Padma Vibhushan.
Dr. Vara Prasad Reddy
Dr. Vara Prasad Reddy promoted Shanta Biotechnics in 1992 with a special focus on developing recombinant based vaccines and therapeutic proteins for human healthcare. Within five years of establishing his enterprise, Dr.Reddy developed India’s first genetically engineered product “Shanvac-B” vaccine against Hepatitis-B. Over a period of time, Dr. Reddy launched “Shanferon”, ‘Streptokinase’, Shanpoietin, Shantetra, Shan-5, Shanhib, Shantt and Shanchol – all hailed as next generation products. Several prestigious National and International Awards were bestowed upon Dr.Reddy. Notable among these are: Life Achievement Award (2008), Entrepreneur of the Year (2000), National Technology Award (1999) and (2003). The Govt., of India honoured Dr.Reddy with Padma Bhushan for his outstanding contributions.