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IIT Roorkee’s Annual Convocation attended by President Kovind

October 10, 2019

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) celebrated its Annual Convocation 2019 on October 4, 2019. Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind graced the occasion as the chief guest. Governor Smt. Baby Rani Maurya, HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Chief Minister ShriTrivendra Singh Rawat graced the occasion as guest of honor while Prof. A.K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee presided over the function.

A total of 2029 degrees were awarded this year.1018 were under graduate recipients, 702 were Post Graduate Recipients and 309 PhD degrees were handed out to students. The convocation began with the Degree Conferment Ceremony on October 4 at 10:30 am in the morning. Post which, The Undergraduate Degree Award Ceremony began at 2:30 pm and The Post Graduate Award Ceremony began at 6:30 pm in the evening.

Speaking about the convocation Prof. A. K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “The presence of the Honorable President of India Shri Ram NathKovind made our 19th Convocation memorable. His address inspired the graduating students as they step out of IIT Roorkee into the real world. I am sure his words will resonate with them at every stage in their life.”

Speaking on the convocation, HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “I congratulate each and every student getting their degrees today. You are going into the world today after getting your degree from one of the most prestigious Institutes. Your time to effectively & efficiently showcase your learnings from IIT Roorkee, starts today.

I am sure, you will through your technical & innovative prowess, contribute to our revolutionary schemes like Make in India, Start-up India, Stand-up India, will help achieve Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s dream of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’ and will also help establish India as a global super power. ”

In the Time magazine’s emerging economy universities ranking, IIT Roorkee has reached 35th rank and it is matter of pride for us. In today’s time of stress, it is important to remain physically & mentally Health. I would like to plead to everyone to imbibe the practice of Yoga promoted by Hon’ble PM Modi in our lives, so that we can fulfil his dream of ‘Swasthya Bharat’ & Fit India’. When you will graduate today from here, please think of how you will take your learning forward and how will you contribute back to engineering.”

Speaking on the convocation honorable President of India Shri Ram NathKovindJisaid, “I am honoured to be here at one of India’s oldest and pioneering Engineering Institute. For the graduating students, this occasion represents a major milestone. I congratulate you on this seminal occasion. You are leaving this historic campus for the excitement of a career in a world which is full of opportunities.”

He further added “Many of the alumni of IIT Roorkee have been nation builders in true sense. I believe that this Institute’s alumni can and should contribute to their alma mater. All of them have fortunate to have received world class education here. A huge part of the cost of their education has been borne by the taxpayers of the country. So, in whatever way you want, contributing back to the society and helping underprivileged people is your moral responsibility and duty. Your contribution will help improve our education system and your effort will be appreciated.”

A total 41 Gold medals were awarded to students of various courses for securing highest CGPA in their respective programmes and classes.  This was the first time when IIT Roorkee gave out awards to Ph D scholars. A new award with the name of “Excellence in Doctoral Research” was started this year. Three Ph D scholars who got their doctorate degree in the convocation got this award. It is similar to Best PhD award given in many other institutes. 

About IIT Roorkee 

IIT Roorkee is an institute of national importance imparting higher education in engineering, sciences, management, architecture and planning, and humanities and social sciences. Since its establishment in 1847, the Institute has played a vital role in providing technical manpower and know-how to the country. In the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2019, the institute has been ranked 3rd among the IITs, while on the citations criterion it has been ranked 1st among all the Institutes in India.

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