Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dr. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University addressing the gathering in honour of Her Excellency the President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil (seated in the middle). On stage are the distinguished guests and dignitaries. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal.)  
The Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) along with the heads of leading Indian Higher Education Institutes extended a warm welcome to the first woman President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil. More than 800 students, academicians and guests gathered at the Dubai Men’s College Auditorium at DIAC on Wednesday night (24th Nov 2010), to hear her Excellency speak. Students of Manipal University Dubai along with other institutions were part this special programme held to celebrate and showcase the strong educational ties between India and UAE. Both countries affirmed their common mission - to deliver quality education to the society.
Dr. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University addressing the gathering in honour of Her Excellency the President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal)
Manipal University Dubai, BITS Pilani, S.P. Jain, and IMT Dubai were part of the distinct gathering. Representatives of each university came forward and expressed their gratitude towards her Excellency while giving a brief insight into the growth and accomplishments of their respective campuses in Dubai.

Dr. H.S. Ballal, the Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University spoke on behalf of the institution. “Manipal University has been a front runner in education and the university is an ideal choice as it offers a variety of specialized courses, thus making it an ideal ground for academic pursuit.” He also highlighted the contribution of Manipal University to the education scene in the Gulf. The eagerness of the potential students for higher education in Manipal University was aptly highlighted by Dr. Ballal.  He also shared with the august audience, the developments on the new Manipal University Dubai Campus in DIAC.

Her Excellency the President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil addressing the audience.(Photo by Ranjeeta Pal)

In her address to the audience, Smt. Pratibha Patil said “It gives me great privilege to be a part of an umbrella family, comprising of prestigious Indian institutions.  DIAC has ensured that the best talent from all over the world is attracted here. Students in the UAE have the unique privilege of receiving knowledge transferred in the Indian way while being exposed to a global milieu.” Her Excellency also urged students and teachers to be brand ambassadors of their home country through their work and values. Her speech was received with a standing ovation as she ended her speech praising the Indian educational system and the role of Indian expats in the Gulf. 

The first cultural performance of the evening was by the students of SP Jain Dubai. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal).
The programme rounded up with exciting dance performance by all the participating Indian institutions. Each dance had a strong concept and special theme of its own. The audience cheered and supported the cultural display showcasing India’s rich and traditional heritage.

Student of IMT Dubai performing. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal).
Eleanor Almeida, student, Department of Media and Communications stated “It was an overwhelming experience being in the same hall as the President of my country. The last bit of her speech where she spoke to the audience directly was really inspiring.” 
Students of Manipal University Dubai setting the beat with a Rajasthani performance. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal).
Ms. Seena Biju, Sr. Lecturer, Department of Management Studies opined “it was an honour to be at the gathering and to be part of the academia besides the fact that it was a felicitation in its own way to all of us Indians away from home.”   

Student of BITS Pilani Dubai during their performance. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal)
Anjana Raju, student, Department of Management Studies, expressed her joy at being part of the programme “I feel it is one of a kind experience to hear the President of my country”.
The student choir singing the Indian national anthem. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal)
Ms. Radhika Jesudason, Sr. Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications stated “It’s a prestigious feeling to be part of the programme. I felt very proud to meet and hear from the first lady President of India. Her visit is a boost to all Indians living in the UAE.”     

The background of the grand stage. (Photo by Ranjeeta Pal).
Report by Zainab Das


Mohammed Hassan Saleh said...

Good Going Manipal University For The Education Hosting For The UAE 2010 Event Keep Up The Good Work And God Bless President Patil For Her Great Work For The Future Of India.