Respectable Dr. Mahmoud, His Excellency Mr. Narayan,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
you for being here today to share with me this special
occasion. As a new Canadian, I feel both humbled and
privileged in accepting this great honor that is being
bestowed upon me by Carleton University.
ceremony is being dedicated to the memory of my parents
who passionately believed in the power and value of
education. Sometimes, they sacrificed even their most
simple pleasures so that their children could obtain
good education and become something in their lives.
And, today wherever they are, they must be very proud,
as their dreams have been fulfilled. Among several things,
my father used to say that you can lose everything in
life but no one can ever take away your education
we are also celebrating 138th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,
sponsored by the Mahatama Gandhi Society of Ottawa.
we all know that Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest of
the greatest crusader for the advancement of education
in India, especially for the untouchables and others
– so called backward classes, women and millions
or some may call it learning, is an ongoing process
in life. Education does not end by obtaining degrees
or diplomas from schools or colleges. We keep on educating
ourselves at every stage. Education gives power to think,
to understand and to explore new horizons AND has no
limits. The core essentials learned in schools and universities
help us to acquire further knowledge and skills by our
father was only four years old when my grandfather died.
Being a family of limited means, my father had to rely
on donations from the rich to obtain his education,
including the law school. He valued every opportunity
made available to him and worked smart to become a successful
lawyer. Throughout his life, he never once forgot the
value of education, hard work, and above all help of
his donors and giving back to the community. In India,
people say that donation in any shape or form is good.
I have been inspired by my father’s belief in
the power of giving to the educational causes; I sincerely
believe that this is noblest form of donation.
have been donating to different well-known charities
for years. I realized that these institutions gave an
extremely small portion of the total donation to the
end recipients, due to their upfront heavy promotion
and administration expenses. Then, Dr. Vinod Kumar,
former Head of Sprott School of Business introduced
me to the concept of matching donations. He showed me
how my donations could be multiplied, yet preserving
the original amounts donated in tact and maximizing
the potential value of my gifts. This concept was so
pleasing that I started to donate more to Carleton University.
I have done for Carleton so far has really been an opportunity
to pay back for all it has provided in terms of education
to thousands of students over the years.
University is a not only a great Canadian educational
institution but also an international icon. It has produced
hundreds of top-notch politicians, scientists, statesmen,
business wizards and successful leaders in all walks
of life. The administration has excellent and dedicated
I have no words to thank my family and friends for their
unconditional love and support. Once again, I am greatly
humbled to see Carleton University renaming this auditorium
after me. I hope that this inspires current and the
next generations to achieve greatness by giving generously,
in whatever causes they may choose or believe in.
among others, I sincerely express my gratitude to Dr.
Humar, Shri Gopal, Anil Agrawal of the Mahatama Gandhi
Society of Ottawa, Mr. Serge Arpin, Carleton University,
and my very special thanks go to Rebecca Murray who
worked tirelessly with me and all others since inception
till date to make this glorious event a great success.
you all for sharing this precious moment with me.