The University of Delhi celebrated its 97th Foundation Day on May 1, 2019 at 03:00 p.m. in the Convention Hall, Viceregal Lodge, University of Delhi. The distinguished guests who are also alumni of the University included Hon’ble Ms. Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir; Ms. Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General of India; Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, Former Deputy Director General, WTO; Shri Madhup Vyas, IAS, Secretary (Power), Delhi Government; Shri Ramji Srinivasan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Shri Aman Sinha, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. At the outset, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor along with the dignitaries unfurled the Purple Flag of the University of Delhi near the main gate of the University.
The program at the Viceregal Lodge started with the National Anthem followed by an enthralling cultural event presented by students of the Faculty of Music. Thereafter, the distinguished guests were felicitated by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor. Hon’ble Ms. Justice Gita Mittal remembered the learnings from the University of Delhi and asked students to imbibe three attributes in life - Integrity, Authenticity and Determination. Ms. Pinky Anand expressed pride in lawyers being a pillar of the society and stressed the importance of being a good human being. Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh expressed that a conscious commitment and effort to be positive with both people and events gives one inner strength. Shri Madhup Vyas advised students to become little candles that light up one’s life instead of being demoralised. Shri Ramji Srinivasan mentioned that success is not measured by position or riches but by the outlook and empathy towards society. Shri Aman Sinha praised the University of Delhi for giving the students a holistic exposure and making them resilient.
The University of Delhi has been conferring various categories of awards on its Foundation Day, to highly deserving individuals who have rendered exemplary service to the University. This year also, the University conferred awards on selected individuals for their outstanding services in the form of Distinguished Service Awards for Retired Teachers, Excellence Awards for Teachers in Service and Award of Appreciation.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor Professor Yogesh K. Tyagi appreciated the outstanding contributions in public life of the illustrious alumni of the University who were felicitated in the function. He mentioned that the University has an extraordinary legacy and has a promise for a bright future. Prof. Tyagi also described the various new initiatives of the University and stressed that this institution has zero tolerance for corruption or malpractices.