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Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani receives Honorary D.Litt. award by President of India H’nble Pranab Mukherjee

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Pune (Nov. 26, 2014): Dada J.P. Vaswani was honored with D.Litt (Doctor of Literature) award by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in the 11th convocation ceremony of the Symbiosis International University (SIU), held at their campus in Lavale on November 26, 2014.

The Governor of Maharashtra, C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis were among the distinguished guests at the ceremony.

Prof. Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, in his speech said that when he went to Dada, he was reluctant to receive the award saying, "I have done nothing...to receive the award" to which he responded, "Dadaji you have done everything to benefit humanity."


In his speech, Dada J.P. Vaswani said that true education is that which not only trains the mind & body, but helps in cultivating the soul. Cultivate the soul. We have thrown God out of our schools & colleges. Turn back to God!


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his speech said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all.”

5000 plus students were present at the ceremony from Pune, Bengaluru, Nashik and Noida SIU campuses.

“The SIU resolved to award honorary D.​L​itt. to Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani in recognition of his immense contribution to the field of social sciences and for transforming lives of people across ages by being a role model for them,” said principal director of SIU, Vidya Yeravdekar.