NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT) Delhi held its 53rd annual convocation ceremony today, November 5, 2022. Nobel laureate (economic sciences, 2019) and Ford Foundation International, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Abhijeet Banerjee was the chief guest on the ceremony.
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A total of 2,100 students were awarded with their degrees and diplomas at the convocation. The graduating students were awarded their degrees and diplomas in 14 different academic programmes. The highest number of 773 diplomas were awarded in the diploma of IIT Delhi programme followed by 469 degrees in MTech programme, 307 PhDs, 194 degree in masters of science and 146 degrees for the masters in business administration programme among others.
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For the first time, Degrees and diplomas were awarded for students graduating in new programmes including joint PhD (IIT Delhi and NYCU, Taiwan), joint PG diploma in visionary leadership for manufacturing (jointly with NITIE Mumbai), master's (R) in sensors, instrumentation, and cyber-physical systems engineering, MSc in cognitive science, and MS. in economics.
IIT Delhi also awarded the President’s gold medal, director’s gold medal, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma (former President of India) gold medal, perfect ten gold medal and Institute silver medal to the meritorious students. In addition, 13 alumni were awarded with the Alumni Awards 2022- distinguished alumni award (DAA), graduates of last decade (GOLD) award and distinguished alumni service award (DASA).
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Addressing the students, the chief guest, Abhijeet Banerjee, said: " You are some of the select students. You have crossed so many hurdles to get here. The nation needs you. Nehru had great faith in the technology. And he thought that somehow having an elite, such as you are, would transform the nation. And we needed that transformation. I entirely endorse Nehru’s vision that if there is a justification for the IITs, it has to be in terms of what you can do for the nation”.
Adding to this, IIT Delhi director, Rangan Banerjee, said: "We have enjoyed having all of you here on our campus and seeing you flourish and evolve into confident adults ready to go out into the real world. You have been fortunate to have received one of the best educations in our country comparable with the best in the world. We have great hopes from you. You are in the right place at the right time. The future belongs to India - Our Prime Minister has set us the goal of creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat- and set a target for becoming a developed country by 2047. Today, there are innumerable problems facing our society- these are challenges as well as opportunities. We believe that all of you will be leaders providing solutions for our future. I hope you will remember the responsibilities of being an IIT Delhi graduate”.
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