The Convocation ceremony for the 13 th batch of the Master’s Program in Governance, MIT-SOG occurred on 20 th of September 2018 at the Sant Dnyaneshwar Hall in the MIT, Kothrud campus. It was an event which was graced by the presence of distinguished politicians from the full spectrum of Indian politics. They were Maj General Anil Verma (Retd.), a distinguished soldier who now serves as the Headfor the Association for Democratic Reforms, Shri Sachin Sawant who is the General Secretary and Spokesperson for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, Shri Hemant Godse who is a Shiv Sena leader and a Member of Parliament from Nashik in Maharashtra. The Chief guest was the Honorable Anandiben Patil, Governor of Madhya Pradesh and a consummate BJP veteran from Gujarat who has also served as the Chief Minister of that state. They were joined by our own Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad and Shri Rahul Karad. The event started at 1100 hrs with the arrival of the guests who were then chaperoned to the MIT-SOG library. Then there was an Aarti that was conducted near the office of Prof Dr V D Karad after which the guests and the hosts made their way to the dais inside Sant Dnyaneshwar hall after they donned the Convocation gowns. The proud members of the 13 th Batch for the Master’s Program were already there looking resplendent in their beautiful turbans and in their formal college attire. The National Anthem was sung and then the convocation began in earnest. The guests were welcomed by a speech given by Prof Dr S Haridas (Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Economics) after which they were all felicitated and the traditional lighting of the lamp took place. There was a brief tribute to the late great Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee after which a film about the MIT – School of Governance and about the Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad initiative were showcased. Shri Rahul Karad then took to the dais to warmly congratulate Batch 13 and provide a little insight into the varied role of MIT to produce excellent politicians and bureaucrats for the service of India. The degrees were then conferred and the thoughts of a couple of students of Batch 13 were heard. The guests of honor then took to the podium, each after having a short film showcasing their accomplishments was shown. They all shared their experiences of serving their nation in their different capacities with the proud graduates of Batch 13. Then it was the turn of Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad to take to the podium and deliver a speech about his vision and about the role of the youth in politics. Following which there was a short film shown on Honorable Anandiben Patil and then she herself took to the dais. She spoke eloquently about the challenges facing our nation and people while stressing on the importance of participation in the democratic progress of the country. She concluded by being heartily pleased at seeing so many youths eager to join India’s political process and wished them all well. Grp Captain D P Apte (Registrar, MIT-WPU) concluded the event with a vote of thanks after which Batch 13 and the assembled dignitaries all posed for a few group photos to serve as happy reminders on all their individual journey’s.

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