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KIIT Convocation

Updated: December 25, 2010 10:36 am
  • 1555 Students Awarded Degrees
  • Degree of Doctorate Conferred on Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

Total 1,555 graduates of 2010 batch of KIIT University received degrees at Sixth Annual Convocation of the University on December 5, 2010. In addition, the University conferred Ph.D. on ten candidates and D.Litt on one candidate. Mr MC Bhandare, his excellency the Governor of Odisha, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and delivered the convocation address.

                KIIT University conferred Degree of Doctorate (Honoris Causa) on six distinguished personalities from various walks of life. Honorary Degree of D.Litt was conferred on Mrs Sheila Dikshit, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi, Mr Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Hon’ble Minister of Finance and Excise, Odisha and Dr Sruti Mohapatra, noted social activist and Chief Executive, Swabhiman. Honorary Degree of D.Sc. was conferred on Padmashri Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development, Government of India and Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, Government of India. The University conferred Honorary Degree of D.Law on Prof J Martin Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Trent University.

                Speaking to the graduating students, Mr MC Bhandare reminded them that the society is waiting to see them join the task of nation building, and secure for India its place of pride among the leaders of the global community. He advised the graduates to emulate the values of their alma mater and its Founder, Dr A Samanta, who made it a mission in life to reach out to the unreached by setting up Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, an institute for 12,000 tribal children.

                As a self-financing university, KIIT University has been doing remarkable work in education and research in India, the Governor observed, adding that continuous value addition has made KIIT, one of the fastest-growing universities not only in India but in the world.

                Accepting the honorary D.Litt degree, Mrs Dikshit said that KIIT University has an aroma of passionate pursuit of excellence and, above all, humane touch. Efforts and dedication of Dr A Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS have made it a very well known university in a short span of time, she added. KIIT University has emerged as an epicenter of professional education in the state, said Mr Ghadai.

                Expressing his gratitude, Dr Saraswat termed the award as recognition for his team that has contributed immensely in making India self-reliant in missile technology.

                In his acceptance speech, Prof Hunter called KIIT his spiritual home. Determination of Dr Samanta has changed lives of thousands of students, said Dr Mohapatra. She advised graduating students to keep their homes and hearts open for persons with disability.

                Academic value addition has enriched the institution, said Dr Samanta, while emphasising that KIIT is perhaps the only university which integrates education with human values. Expressing gratitude to the recipients of honorary degree of doctorate, he said it was a rare honour to honour them. Dr Samanta congratulated the successful graduates of the university and wished them a bright future.

                Speaking on the occasion, Dr Hari Gautam, Chancellor, KIIT University, urged graduates to always be proud as Indians. Stating that KIIT University is one of the most dynamic residential academic campuses of this country offering academic diversity and confluence of modernity and tradition, he said that this has only been possible because of Dr Samanta’s special dynamism, a unique passion, an unabated commitment, an honest sincerity, personal sacrifice and a high-indexed integrity.

                KIIT University has taken steps to internationalise education and has signed MoUs with more than 17 Universities from 12 countries in last one year, informed Prof AS Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor. The University has appointed the best teachers and this has translated into high achievements of its students, he said in his report. Recently, the University has achieved exciting success in the field of research and development, he added.

                Outstanding students were awarded gold and silver medals at the ceremony. Mahmudul Hasan, MTech in Electronics Engineering, and Namrata Kar, BTech in Electronics Engineering, bagged Founder’s Gold Medal for securing highest CGPA among Post Graduate and Under Graduate courses respectively.

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