GD Goenka University organized a Special Convocation on 5 May 2022 to confer an honorary PhD degree on the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa.

The program started with the welcome of the esteemed guests. This was followed by a playing of the Indian National Anthem. After this, the Chancellor of GD Goenka University, Mrs. Renu Goenka announced the special convocation open. The chief guest of the event was senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The event was convened in the presence of the Managing Director of the GD Goenka Group, Mr Nipun Goenka, and the Vice- Chancellor GD Goenka University, Prof. (Dr) Tabrez Ahmad. The ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to India also graced the occasion with colleague diplomats. 

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr) Tabrez Ahmad conferred the Ph.D (Honoris Causa) to Her Excellency Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, thanked the Government of India for its support to Zimbabwe and also thanked GD Goenka University for conferring the honorary degree. Dr. Amai ended her acceptance speech on a very thoughtful note as she spoke about the role that women in the corporate sector play and their invaluable role in promoting sustainable solutions to global development.

The Chief Guest Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing the convocation said “the responsibility of recognizing and honouring the hard work of people who have been committed to serve society lies with people like us who are policy makers.” He also praised the contribution of Mr Anjani Kumar Goenka, Founder GD Goenka Group, for his exemplary vision in establishing an institution of higher education in Sohna. 

At the end, the Chancellor conveyed her special thanks to the guests and declared the special convocation closed. The event ended with the playing of the National Anthem of Zimbabwe.



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