On the occasion the versatile actor Mohanlal was referred as the best performer after the actor late Sathyan. In his reply Mohanlal said that he consider it as an honour and privilege to receive it and that it will be an inspiration for him on the forthcoming Sanskrit drama Vikramorvasiyam. His first Sanskrit drama was Karnnabhaaram, directed by Kavalam Narayana Panicker. Actor Mukesh also performed in the same.
Resul Pookutty was also honoured in the function. Governor Gawai said that it is a great privilege and honour for the Indians because of Resul and Rahman. Adding on he said that Resul Pookutty raised the country proud with his Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire. Resul Pookutty in his acceptance speech said, while we utilise the vast potential of technology, it threatens us like a volcano. Education Minister MA Baby and Vice-Chancellor J Prasad attended the convocation.