Mumbai, 10 AUG 2019: The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) today held its 57th Convocation, at the Convocation Hall of IIT Bombay. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, was the Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation Address.
The degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was bestowed on Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore and former Chairman, UIDAI, Government of India for his outstanding contribution as an industrialist and an ardent supporter to the social development with the use of technology.
In his address, the Minister said that the Prime Minister Modi has set the goal of establishing India as the world leader in education in the next five years. He said the IITs have an important role to play in the realization of this goal. He exhorted the students to bring light where there is darkness anywhere in the world. He encouraged the students to dream and to commit every moment of their life for the realization of their dreams.
Congratulating IIT Bombay for being ranked among the top 200 in the QS world university rankings, he asked the community to aim higher. IIT Bombay can render a significant contribution in addressing the challenges of climate change and in fulfilling development goals such as increasing India’s renewable energy capacity, he said.
On the occasion, Minister inaugurated Hostel No.18 and planted a tree on the IIT Bombay campus. Earlier, the Minister held a live interaction via National Knowledge Network, with students of all IITs, on the topic ‘Navbharat ka Nirman IITs ke Sath’. Speaking on the subject, the Minister said that India has had a legacy of providing leadership to the world in the sphere of knowledge and science. He said that IIT students need to ensure that India continues to play this leadership role.
Addressing the audience, Nandan Nilekani said that it is a great honour and privilege for him to receive the degree. He said that the five years he spent at IIT Bombay has been a defining experience for him. Speaking of his experience in building Infosys and later on the Aadhaar project and others, he said that it taught him that large scale development problems can be addressed using technology. He said he strongly believes in giving back to society and in making sure that the next generation of students has better opportunities. He said that he is sure that the graduating IIT students will go ahead and do amazing things for the society
Presenting the Institute’s Report for the year 2018-19, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director of IIT Bombay informed that IIT Bombay continues to be a much sought-after destination for UG and PG studies. “Among 23 IITs in the country, 47 out of top 50 rankers and 63 of top 100 rankers in JEE 2019 have joined IIT Bombay” he said. Wishing the graduating students the best in life, Prof. Chaudhuri said, “The education you have received at IIT Bombay is comparable to the best in the world and you are now ready to take greater challenges and overcome them. Continue to develop your knowledge and skills and always keep in mind how you can help our society and the nation through your work. I wish you all the success in your future endeavors.”
This year, 4 students were presented the Gold medals for their exemplary performance. The ‘President of India Medal’ was bestowed on Srivatsan Sridhar, a student from the Electrical Engineering. The ‘Institute Gold Medal (2017-18)’ was awarded to Shashank Vijayakumar Obla, a student from the Department of Electrical Engineering, the ‘Institute Gold Medal (2018-19)’ was awarded to Reebhu Bhattacharyya, a student from the Department of Mathematics, and the ‘Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal’ was conferred on Dhruti Shah, a student from the Department of Electrical Engineering. Additionally, many more students were presented with gold medals sponsored by donors.
Prof. Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University, Australia, members of Board of Governors and several other distinguished guests from India and abroad, besides the graduating students and their proud parents, attended the Convocation function.