Rishihood University Convocation Ceremony, where we will be celebrating the achievements and successes of the graduating class of 2023. This momentous occasion will be a joyous reflection of the hard work, dedication, and commitment that our students have exhibited throughout their academic journey.
We are honored to host distinguished personalities who embody the spirit of dedication and courage in working towards social change – Major General Ian Cardozo (retd.) AVSM SM and Chancellor of Rishihood University, and Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhu, former cabinet minister and Member of Parliament. Their insights and real-world experiences promise to add a rich dimension to the discussions on the future trajectory of higher education in India.
Major General Ian Cardozo AVSM SM is a former Indian Army officer. He was the first war-disabled officer of the Indian Army to command a battalion and a brigade. He is an amputee due to a war injury.
Cardozo graduated from the National Defence Academy and then attended the Indian Military Academy, from where he joined the 5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) and he was commissioned & later commanded the 1st Battalion of the 5th Regiment of Gorkha RIfles aka 1/5GR(FF) or 1/5 Gorkha Rifles. He has also served with 4/ 5 Gorkha Rifles and has fought two wars alongside them-Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He is the first NDA cadet to receive both gold and silver medals. The gold medal is given to the cadet of the passing out course for best all round performance.
The silver medal is given to the cadet who is first in order of merit. For the first time in the history of the National Defence Academy, the cadet who was awarded the gold medal was also first in order of merit. This has happened only one more time thereafter.