The induction program for the MIT-WPU Faculty of Science and Faculty of Liberal Arts, batch of 2018 began in earnest today at 0930 hours with the registration of the students. After that the students and their parents were ushered inside Sant Dnyaneshwar Hall for them to see motivational videos, videos of Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad and other undertakings of MIT-WPU. You could see the awe and amazement on the faces of the students and parents.

All the dignitaries had assembled by 1030 which is when the iconic World Peace Prayer was sung. Many parents were visibly moved by this display of spirituality emanating from MIT-WPU! The guests were then introduced and felicitated after which they lit the Traditional Lamp to signify the dispersion of the dark through the application of wisdom and knowledge.

By 1050 hours the students and guests were treated to a welcome address by Dr Neeta Kankane (Associate Dean, Faculty of Science), Dr R M Chitnis (Dean, Liberal Arts), Grp Capt D P Apte (Registrar, MIT-WPU) and finally Prof Srihari Honwad (Provost, faculty of Science, MIT-WPU). The Students and guests could not help their smiles at the warmth of the messages all of them delivered to the audience.

At around 1110, it was the turn of the Chief Guest, Mr Atul Kahate (Consulting Practice Director, Oracle) to come to the dais. His encouraging words and frank tone appealed to all who were present and he stressed on the importance of science in our digital age along with educating everyone present on what is to be expected from a good student of science. This was followed by an address given by Prof Dr M Muruganant (Pro VC, MIT-WPU) and Prof I K Bhat (VC, MIT-WPU), after which Prof I K Bhat administered the MIT-WPU oath of innovation to all the assembled students. You could see renewed resolve in them once the oath was administered.

By 1145, it was the turn of Mr Rahul V Karad (Executive President, MIT-WPU) to grace the students with a few words. He spoke passionately about the power of youth and exhorted all the students to do their utmost and while they are doing so, to not forget their country or their culture. After the applause had died down, it was the turn of Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad (Founder President, MIT-WPU) to address the assembly. He took the time to inform the students of the path they have chosen and the burden that is upon them to execute. He stressed on the virtues of peace and honesty and said that the honourable way forward can only be paved by these two virtues. His message was very well received by the students and their parents.

After that, at around 1205 hours the vote of thanks was delivered by Prof Suvarna Ranade (Program head, M.sc (Stats), MIT-WPU) after which the national anthem was sung and the ceremony was complete! The students headed out to face this newest and most exciting chapter of their lives with renewed vigour and hope!

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