The convocation

The 4th convocation of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad was held on 8th August,2015 at permanent campus with great fervency. 358 students received their degree on successful completion of their academic programs. The credentials awarded at the convocation included 127 B.Tech, 7 Dual Degree, 36 MSc, 151 M.Tech, 34 PhD and 3 MPhil degrees.

The ceremony started with the academic procession followed by Chairman, Board of Governors declaring the convocation open.

Dr.Bibek Debroy, Member NITI Aayog, the think tank of Indian Government graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation Address. Speaking to the graduating students he said “There are no pearls of wisdom, no pearls of knowledge that I can bestow on you. You have had all of that while being taught at IITH and all I have to offer you is some stray and unstructured remarks. Most people want to make money and indeed there is absolutely nothing wrong with making money. Making money through legitimate means, providing employment is perhaps the best you can do for the welfare and prosperity of the nation. The potential energy that has always existed in India is showing some signs of converting into kinetic energy. You are the future of that prosperous India.  So, go and build that future India so that 30 years from now when you come to an IIT as a chief guest for a convocation ceremony you do not have to say go and build that India because you will know that India has already been built.”

Prof. U. B. Desai, Director of IIT Hyderabad said, “Almost 320 students are receiving their degrees in person today. This is very heart warming for us.” Pointing towards the graduating students, he mentioned, “You are very special to us. You will always occupy a unique place in IIT Hyderabad, a place which is yours for all time to come. As an alumnus you are a very important stake holder in IITH. We always look forward for your contribution to help India become a global economic power. Besides inventions and innovations, ethics and integrity are at the forefront.” He extended his heartiest congratulations to the graduating students. Speaking of the research and innovation opportunities at IIT Hyderabad Prof U.B Desai said “With a seven fold increase in the number of PhD graduates compared to last year, 34 PhDs are receiving their degrees. Once again underlining our focus on research. 40 research projects have been sanctioned in 2014-15. IIT-H has introduced many innovations in academic arena to keep abreast with the aspirations of today’s youth.”

Mr. B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman of Board of governors said that Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Academia industry collaboration are the 3 things that help students become the creators of jobs rather than job seekers. He emphasized the need for innovation saying they are graduating at a point where technology is driven by innovation in changing the world.

All the graduating students were awarded their degrees and those who were not present were declared to be granted in absentia. Aditya V Kamath, B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, Dhwani Kansal, MSc. Chemistry, Navanshu Ahuja, B.Tech in Chemical Engineering were awarded gold medals and the students who secured highest CGPA in their respective departments were awarded silver medals. Aditya V Kamath who received the President’s gold medal for securing the highest CGPA spoke about his experiences and directing to the students, he opined that one should do what he/she wants to do, not what the world decides for him/her.

After the pledge taken by all the new graduates, National Anthem was sung. The convocation ended with the chairman, Board of Governors declaring the convocation closed. With a high tea, the event concluded.

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