Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Dr Ashok K. Chauhan and Dr Abdullah Al Karam during the fourth annual convocation of Amity University Dubai on Tuesday. Image Credit: Atiq-ur-Rehman/Gulf News

Dubai: Hundreds of new graduates were inspired to apply themselves in the real world as they took their degrees during the fourth annual convocation of Amity University Dubai on Tuesday in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).

The convocation for the graduate and postgraduate students was held on the sprawling lawns of the university’s new campus in DIAC.

The university handed out degrees to 239 undergraduate and 131 postgraduate students in Engineering, Business Administration, Nano Technology, Nuclear Science and Technology, Forensic Sciences, Tourism Administration and Hotel Management. On the occasion, gold medals were awarded to 12 students, silver medals to 10 and bronze to five.

The non-profit university conferred an honorary doctorate on Saeed Al Tayer, CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, for his contribution to the development of renewable energy and protection of the environment in the UAE. He thanked Amity University for the honour and urged the graduating students to make a positive contribution to the development of the country.

Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, founder president of Amity Education Group, presided over the convocation while Dr Abdullah Al Karam, director-general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, was the guest of honour. Other dignitaries at the event included Dr Raja Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Health Care City, and Abdullah Al Saleh, undersecretary of foreign trade and industry in the UAE.

Chauhan congratulated the graduating students, saying: “Learning is a lifelong process which does not stop after graduation. The graduating students should keep the fire of inquisitiveness and knowledge-seeking alight even after leaving the university.”

He added that he was very thankful to the leadership of the UAE for helping Amity realise its dream of setting up a state-of-the-art campus in Dubai.

Al Karam said that Amity University has emerged as a leading university within a record time of just five years. He urged the students to come out of their comfort zones and accept the challenges and opportunities opened by the developments in science and technology.

Indian graduate Nishad Sedique, 22, received his Bachelor of Business Administration. He said: “It was a really good programme. They gave us lots of real-life experiences. I’ll probably do my masters with Amity now. I’m the first one to graduate from among my siblings so it’s especially exciting for all of us.”