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From Vice Chancellor's Desk

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.” (Psalm 91: 1-3) .

Warm greetings to you in the most loving and matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Formal education is the life breath of a nation. It ensures that the life-giving oxygen of ideas, information and knowledge reaches every part of the body. If the education system is broken, the nation will surely have a stroke – it may be paralysed. So when COVID-19 pandemic hit our country, the educational institutions faced an unprecedented challenge. How do we make sure that the academic year is not lost for thousands of our students? How do we continue lectures and assessments? How do we ensure the life breath of knowledge is not cut off from vital organs of our university, namely, our students?

I am pleased, and proud, that my academic and administrative colleagues rose up to the occasion and made sure that we not only complete the spring semester of 2020 but also prepare and execute plans for autumn semester of 2021. Our students cooperated with the university and together we succeeded to stay on track with regard to all our academic programs. Online education offers exciting opportunities for education in the present digital age. We can combine routine class lectures with videos, documents, presentations and pictures. This does make dissemination of knowledge livelier and richer. But on the flip side, it also demands higher levels of concentration and focus. Most, importantly, it requires us to be honest that we do not skip classes and not use unfair means in online exams. Pandemic, in this sense, is an opportunity for building our characters.

God has kept us under His wings. We must also respond with integrity and righteousness. Character is our great treasure, which enables us to face any obstacle in life. Great characters achieve great results. In these challenging yet promising times, I welcome you, the new students, to work committedly, passionately and with integrity to serve the nation and fulfil the vision of the university: Feed the Hungry, Serve the Land!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!

With love and blessings,
In service of Lord Jesus Christ,
Most Rev. (Prof.) Rajendra B Lal
Vice Chancellor, SHUATS, Allahabad