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October 20, 2020 Tuesday 11:37:27 AM IST

Union Education Minister virtually attends 8th Convocation of IIT Indore

National Edu News

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually attended 8th Convocation of IIT Indore yesterday. The Minister also inaugurated the five buildings of KendriyaVidyalaya, Computer and Information Technology Center, Central Workshop, Abhinandan Bhavan and Takshshila Lecture Hall Complex. The Chairman, Board of Governors, Professor Deepak B. Phatak presided over the ceremony and Chairman, Senate Prof. Neelesh Kumar Jain awarded the degrees. While congratulating all the graduating students, the Minister said that the knowledge possessedshould beutilized for the betterment of the society. The real examination of the student starts when he uses theoretical knowledge in practical life.  Shri Pokriyal hoped that students will progress and spread their knowledge as a brand ambassador of the mission of knowledgeable India.

The Minister informed that IIT Indore is doing a good work in the field of research with 2740 research papers and 35 books and 175 chapters written by its teachers.  It has the highest citation index per faculty on second and third generation IIT institutions.  The institute has filed 61 patents and one of its patents has also been approved. He appreciated the efforts of IIT Indore to reduce the gap between the academy and the industry, and for a self-reliant India and innovation. The Minister expressed his happiness that the institute for securing 10th position in the NIRF rankings of the year 2020, 55th rank in Asian University Rankings -2020 and 64th rank in Young University Rankings by Times Higher Education.

The Minister congratulated IIT Indore for its new buildings (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Computer and Information Technology Center, Central Workshop, Abhinandan Bhavan and Taxila Lecture Hall Complex), innovative programs and convocation.   He assured that the Ministry of Education of India will stand with them for all possible support for such all-round development efforts.

A total of 412 degrees were awarded to students in various streams and courses at the convocation ceremony. Of the graduating students, 233were B.Tech, 58were M.Sc., 57were M.Tech.,6 MS (Research) and 58were Ph.D.The B.Tech students included the first batch of 34 & 31 BTech students graduating in Civil Engineering,and Metallurgy Engineering and Materials Science respectively. The M.Tech students included the first batch of 10 students each,with specialization in Mechanical Systems Design, and Metallurgy Engineering.58 M.Sc students include the first batch of 7 students in Astronomy. The first batch of 6 MS (Research) students in Computer Science and Engineeringalso graduated in this convocation. Amongst the PhD students, Mr. Anand Petare is the first staff member of the Institute to have completed his PhD under the Institute Staff category.

The President of India Gold Medal for the best academic performance among all the graduating UG students was awarded to Mr. Saptarshi Ghosh from Computer Science and Engineering. Arushi Jain of Computer Science and Engineering, Khushboo Ahuja of Electrical Engineering, Agam Gupta of Mechanical Engineering, Shalay Gupta of Civil Engineering and Ashutosh Gupta of Metallurgy Engineering & Materials Science were the recipients of the Institute Silver medals for the best academic performance among all the graduating UG students of a particular Discipline. Manish Badole of M.Tech and Anchal Saxena of M.Sc program also received the Institute Silver medals for the best academic performance among all the graduating PG students of a particular Discipline.  Ms. Srija Tewari received the ‘Buti Foundation Gold Medal’ for the best female student securing the highest CPI among all the graduating students of all the two years Masters’ Programs. Chaitanya Mehta received the award for the best B.Tech Project for “Design and Development of a Tree Climbing Quadruped Robot”. Whilst all the students would be joining the function through online mode, the award winners would be physically present to receive the degree and awards.