Presiding over the annual convocation of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) at its Chandkheda campus in Ahmedabad Thursday, Governor Om Prakash Kohli emphasised on the need to improve the standard of technical and professional education in the country with a view to reverse the trend of students going abroad for study. Pointing out that there was a time when students from all over the globe came to Nalanda, Takshashila and Vikram universities to acquire knowledge, he said, “The time has now changed and our students are preferring to go abroad to study.”
“But we need to reverse this trend,” he said. Stating that India was passing through vital transformation, he said that the youth of the country would have to play a very significant role in new changes occurring in the country. “Technology has brought massive changes in our life. Due to globalisation, we are facing tough competition. Knowledge revolution and technology are becoming engine of growth,” he said. GTU vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal said that technological developments had transformed the society immensely in the last two centuries. Aggarwal added that during the last two years, the GTU had also been trying to involve the Defence Research & Development Organisation as a partner in research. Others who spoke on the occasion included MD and CEO of Tech Mahindra C P Gurnami and vice admiral (retd) Anurag G Thapliyal. A total of 4,300 students from various faculties graduating from 486 colleges affiliated to GTU were handed over degrees on the occasion. The total number of students getting degrees this year will be 36,000. A total of 148 students were awarded gold medals for their outstanding academic records. Two students — Shalini Dave and Bhavin Shah — were awarded PhD.
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