Nobel Laureate for Peace & the great spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso graced the 2nd phase of 5th Convocation of LPU as Chief Guest, which was held at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium on Saturday, 14th November 2015.
His Holiness honoured LPU toppers of various academic programs with gold medals. Near 4000 LPU students of Batch 2015 pass outs were also awarded with degrees.
On the same day, LPU proudly conferred the Degree of Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, upon His Holiness Dalai Lama for his courageous statesmanship, scientific temperament, and universal benevolence.
Prior to this, LPU Tibetan students accorded traditional welcome to the Dalai Lama through “Tashi Shopa” (Mask) dance and playing of folk instruments.
‘You are the 21st century people and should make this a century of peace, love and compassion. Prime purpose of us all in this life is to help others. If we can't help, at least we should not hurt others.’ This was the forceful message conveyed in the convocation address by His Holiness to the graduating students of Lovely Professional University.
Governor Punjab & Haryana and Administrator of UT Chandigarh, Shri Kaptan Singh Solanki presided over the convocation ceremony.
The Chief Editor of Ajit Group of Publications S Barjinder Singh Hamdard presented vote of thanks. Lovely Group Chairman Mr Ramesh Mittal, Vice Chairman Mr Naresh Mittal, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar and MD Nissan Motors Mr Arun Malhotra shared the dais with the Chief Guest.
His Holiness Dalai Lama further invoked the students: “Preserve India’s great culture for a better world as overall picture of India is harmony. India is ‘Guru’ of all Tibetans. India should share its power of tolerance with the world. In fact, India is like a guru to the world also.” He demanded of students: “To make self and others feel happy; we must practice compassion. This is my simple religion. The present problems in the world are created only by the people themselves. We will have to solve out these ourselves. No God or prayers can get us out of our self created problems. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple and its philosophy should be peace and compassion.”
Eulogizing the esteemed Chief Guest, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal exclaimed: “His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso is great propagator of global peace, secular ethics and inter-religious harmony and his teachings have inspired billions of people all over the world to seek peace and practice forgiveness. We are indeed fortunate enough on welcoming him to such an auspicious occasion when thousands of students are ready to open new chapter of their life.”
Illustratively, LPU 5th Convocation for Regular as well as Distance Education students was consciously designed to be scheduled in two phases. Hon`ble Prime Minister of Lesotho Kingdom Dr Pakalitha B. Mosisili blessed LPU students on 31st October 2015, during the first phase.