The 5th Convocation “Dikshant Samaroh” was hosted by SRI SHARADA INSTITUTE OF INDIAN MANAGEMENT – RESEARCH FOUNDATION (SRI SIIM FOUNDATION) on 30th November 2018 at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank was the Guest of Honor at this function. At this function he was conferred “Honor of the Doctoral Fellowship (Equivalent to Ph.D.)” for his outstanding contribution to global economics, international banking vis-à-vis in recognition of his thesis paper “Economic Implications of Global Citizenship”.
On accepting the doctoral fellowship he thanked the Board of SRI SIIM Foundation. He said “I am proud to be a part of this esteemed academic family, and in becoming a permanent part of this University and this global network of friends. India is one of the oldest civilizations and has a rich and varied heritage. India is the land of spiritual bliss, splashed by the waters of holy rivers. India is the largest democracy and is committed to tolerance, harmony, equality, justice, and the rule of law. India is land of unity in diversity. It has different languages, customs, art and culture. On account of this Indian culture has also transcended borders in the form of dance, literature, food, music, festival or cinema Indian festivals are celebrated globally. The Indian Culture has brought Global Indian Community closer. Indian youth empowers by participating in various cultural programs. India today is poised for a giant leap from the ranks of developing countries to developed countries. Our economic growth is robust and we boast of a very high percentage of youth population among the nations of the world. Swami Vivekananda is the perfect role model for the youth of this country and it is under his banner that the Indian youths can safely march towards their cherished goal holding their head high among the comity of nations. We live in a world that is technologically-driven, a world that is interconnected and increasingly interdependent. Migration of people and ideas have happened between the countries giving the momentum to the concept of “Single world”. I believe in the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” meaning the whole world is a one family. Global citizenship encourages this philosophy. Global citizenship is the need of the hour in removing hatredness and in promoting the message of love, peace and prosperity across the globe which will contribute to sustainable development.”
It is clear that with Internet access and participation in social networking sites, our current social being in the age of globalization, is no longer limited by locality; it has become a global existence. Social media enables students to find themselves in an interconnected world, it is important “to recognize the fundamental interconnections among disparate people, places, and process, and the ways in which these influence and constrain even apparently local and individual choices. It is estimated at 1% of the world’s population carries two or more passports and hence Global Citizens can also be dual citizens. The main advantage of traveling with two passports is to travel in a wider range of countries. Countries such as Singapore and South Korea encourage dual citizenship up to some age. Global citizenship should support global economic growth and enhance the welfare of the world’s citizens, regardless of their national origin, ethnicity, race, gender, or age. Global citizenship has resulted in culture transfer across borders in the form of languages, dance, music, films, and food and so on. It gives opportunity for a person to expose to rich and varied culture. Global citizenship encourages cultural diversity, peace and prosperity to increase sustainable global growth.
Dr. R. Seetharaman is a recipient of six doctorates from leading Universities in the World, including Ph.D. in Global Governance by European University, Ph.D. in Green Banking and Sustainability from Sri Sri University and Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management (SRISIIM) is the third Ph.D.