The ceremonies were marked by the presence of esteemed guests including Mrs. Kajaria and Mr.Nipun Goenka, M.D, GD Goenka Group. Dr.Suku Bhaskaran, President, Dr.S.Shantha Kumar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nitesh Bansal, Registrar and Prof. Nirmal Kulkarni, Director School of Architecture & Planninggraced the occasion. The august gathering included deans of colleges, eminent architects and students of architecture.
In recognition of Shri.Raj Rewal’s exemplary contribution to the architecture of post independence India, his extraordinary passion to juxtapose traditional concepts and contemporary syntax reflective of his fascination for weaving expressions of heritage and history into a modern vocabulary, as well as experimenting with a wide repertoire of residential and institutional buildings which display a concern for climatic sensitivity, humane architecture and craftsmanship integrated with technology, GD Goenka University awarded him with a honorary doctorate.
The Indian Institute of Architects also felicitated Shri Raj Rewal on the occasion as one of the oldest members while the acting President of the Council of Architecture Shri Vijay Garg shared his thoughts on the contribution of Raj Rewal to architecture.
In his acceptance speech, Shri Raj Rewal expressed his gratitude towards G.D. Goenka University for bestowing the honour of a doctorate on him. He highlighted the role of architecture in society in general and in India in particular.
As Shri Raj Rewal is the architect for the Hall of Nations in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi which was demolished, the School of Architecture and Planning, G.D.Goenka University decided to host a panel discussion titled Chintan 2019 – Contemplating Built Environment” after the Special Convocation where the focus of the discussion was “Contemporary Heritage – Is the meaning lost in translation”. Panellists from all over India, who are experts in the field, debated over the status of the contemporary heritage in two panels. The first was titled “LISTINGS, POLICY, & CHALLENGESand featured DurganandBalsavar as the moderator while Raj Rewal, Kiran Joshi, VikasDilawari and NavinPiplani formed the panel. The second panel on PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY &IDENTITY was composed of NarendraDengle, Vinod Gupta, SaroverZaidi, BijuKuriakose, Rajeev Lochan with NirmalKulkarni as the moderator.
The highlights of the event were the students of the School of Architecture and Planning, G.D.Goenka University who conducted themselves with grace and professionalism to ensure that the aesthetically planned event was conducted smoothly.