The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar hosted its fifth convocation ceremony today in Palaj. Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys, was the chief guest at the event.
A total of 114 B.Tech students, 79 M.Tech students, 23 Ph.D students, 30 M.Sc. students, 12 M.A. students and four PG DIIT students were awarded degrees on the occasion. In addition, 43 medals and awards for academic, sports, leadership and community service were awarded to graduating students.
Delivering the address, Gopalakrishnan advised the students to be entrepreneurial and understand the principles that govern their lives. He guided them to define success for themselves and give back to society.
Talking about the opportunities in the area of technology, Gopalakrishnan said, “We are seeing explosive growth in data and information. This is a great time to graduate with so many simultaneous waves to choose from to ride on.”
Of the students graduating this year, 53 B.Tech, 10 M.Tech, 6 M.A./M.Sc., and 6 Ph.D students received international experience through summer internships and participation in international conferences. Overall, 45 per cent of the graduating B.Tech students have had one or more international opportunities.
Some of the institutes and organisations that the students visited overseas include the California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, University of Washington and National University of Singapore, among others.
The number of M.Tech students graduating from the institute increased from 31 last year to 79 this year. While six students were awarded PhD last year, the number increased to 23 this year. The institute also awarded an M.A. degree in Society and Culture to the first batch of 12 students during the convocation this year.
IIT Gandhinagar Director Professor Sudhir K Jain said, “IIT Gandhinagar’s agenda of excellence critically depends on its ability to raise philanthropic funds. To date, the Institute has received more than Rs 20 crores from well-wishers, and an additional Rs 20 crores has been pledged.”
He said that the institute’s alumni have been making regular monthly donations as well. He informed that the institute will soon be awarding the first set of scholarships funded entirely by alumni.
The Director said that the institute allows students to defer their placements for up to 2 years to pursue alternative career paths. “The number of students availing the deferred placement policy rose to 21 from nine last year,” he said.
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