Kamlesh Desaibhai Patel, president of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Hyderabad, widely known as ‘Daaji’, received the ‘honoris causa’ degree from Sri Venkateswara University at its 56th and 57th convocation held on Sunday.
Dr.Patel, a pharmacy postgraduate who built a successful pharmaceutical business empire in New York, became a spiritual teacher by heading the Mission and propagating the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga.
He popularised the ‘Heartfulness Way of Meditation’ among millions of people in over 130 countries, established school connect programmes and syllabi for students and researched on the effects of meditation.
In his convocation address, Dr. Patel spoke on “settledness” as holding the key to unfolding consciousness. “Like the centre of the wheel is steady in contrast to the circumference that experiences maximum movement and the way the centre of a tornado is in utter stillness, one can be calm by positioning oneself in the centre,” he explained. He called nurturing consciousness as the way to command the physical body, mind, intellect, ego and soul.
Minister for Human Resources Development Ganta Srinivasa Rao called the aim of higher education as the comprehensive development of the new generation, which should provide latest knowledge in various aspects of human life.
Recalling SVU College of Engineering securing the nod for TEQIP Phase-III and also establishing the Siemens Centre of Excellence, he appreciated the ‘Team SVU’ for its strides.
As the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan could not make it to the event, Vice-Chancellor Avula Damodaram officiated as the Chancellor and conducted the proceedings. Reading out the Vice-Chancellor’s report, he recalled the conferences, seminars, workshops conducted by the various departments and also the honours and distinctions conferred on the faculty members during the said period.
Prof. Damodaram also explained how the varsity’s computer centre and library played a key role in disseminating knowledge as well as aiding in the varsity’s administration.
Degrees and doctorates were presented to the graduates later.
MLA M. Sugunamma, Rector Janakiramaiah and Registrar K. Anuradha were among the participants.