556 students graduate, largest number in the institute’s history
record number of 22 PhDs and 133 Masters with thesis
IIITH gold medal winner Jivitesh Jain scores perfect 10 CGPA
9 July 2022, Hyderabad: International Institute of Information Technology,
Hyderabad (IIITH) conducted its 21st convocation and graduated 556 students
and a record number of 22 PhDs and 133 Masters with thesis.
Over 28% of today’s graduates – 155 out of 556 – earned their degree based on a
high-quality thesis. Graduates of IIITH’s Dual-Degree, Master of Science and Ph.D
programmes continue to make their mark in top universities and product groups
globally. The 2022 batch is the first batch to graduate based on the new academic
curriculum that was revised and implemented in 2018.
This year the 2020 and 2021 graduates were also invited to walk the stage and
be a part of the celebrations since the institute had e-convocations the past 2
years due to COVID.
Jivitesh Jain, B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was awarded the
IIITH gold medal in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. He
scored a perfect 10 CGPA, a first in the history of the institute. Tanvi Karandikar
(B.Tech in CSE) and Madhukar Dwivedi (Master of Science in CSE by Research)
were awarded Best All-rounders for their notable contributions in academics,
extra curricular activities and IIITH services.
A total number of 145 companies registered for conducting placements; 76
companies conducted online recruitments and 57 companies made job offers to
these graduating students.
Prof Alison Noble from University of Oxford, who was chief guest said this
convocation is very special especially after coming out of the challenging times.
AI and Robotics are exciting technologies which will transform the future.
Addressing the packed gathering she told students that the leadership comes
with responsibility and wished them success in their endeavours.
Commending the graduating students and their parents, Prof. P J Narayanan,
Director, IIITH said, “Our students’ world was turned upside down in March
2020 by the global pandemic. The Bachelors and Masters students did most of
the heavy courses in an online mode, without the interactions with classmates
and teachers that enrich the academic experience. Inherent grit made them work
hard and focus on academics amidst everything that was going on around them.
This is perhaps the most resilient batch to graduate from the Institute. Life
throws challenges at each of us frequently enough. Ploughing on towards the
goals while keeping one’s composure is what the brave do. Today’s graduates
can congratulate themselves for their achievements. Learning from different
experiences takes one ahead; brooding over what was lost keeps us back in life. I
urge the graduates and their families to celebrate this occasion in a way only you
Convocation chief guest Prof Alison Noble FRS, Technikos Professor in
Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford, UK congratulated the
graduating students and wished them will for their future endeavours.
Turing award winner Prof. Raj Reddy, Chairman, Governing Council of IIIT-
Hyderabad dialled in to the convocation from the US to admit students to their
degrees and congratulated the graduating students.
The Convocation is viewable at https://www.iiit.ac.in/notice/21-Convocation/
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
- The graduating batch consists of 556 students (155 UG, 291 PG and 110 MSIT)
apart from 22 Ph.Ds and 133 Masters with thesis. This has been the largest
number of graduates in the institute’s history.
- Eleven new regular faculty members came on board in the past year and four
existing faculty were promoted. One faculty member was regularized, and two
faculty were superannuated. Prof. K S Rajan has been appointed as the new
Registrar on 30 th May 2022. He joined the institute in 2006 after a Ph.D. from The
University of Tokyo and B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur. He is a leading authority in
Spatial Informatics and is involved with many initiatives at the state and central
governments. Faculty are given the flexibility of teaching loads to concentrate
more on research, which creates a unique environment highly conducive to
- The team of faculty, research students, research staff, and undergraduate
students produced 655 papers in top-rated conferences and peer-reviewed
journals. In all, 11 of our Ph.D. students have external competitive fellowships
from TCS, iHub-Data, Govt, IIT Palakad, etc., and several more students qualified
for CSIR and UGC grants. Our faculty have received national and international
recognition at academic conferences and research competitions.
- The Institute’s Education Outreach made efforts to deliver executive education
programs and College research affiliate program throughout the
year. The College Research affiliate program is a three-facet program that
catering to the needs of students and faculties as well as creating value for the
institutes – impacted 6 participating colleges, 535 students, and 25 faculties in 2
tech areas IoT and speech processing to date.
- The alumni have contributed a total of Rs. 2.1 crores, as of date, towards a
scholarship program for needy students. Last year 51 lakhs were added to the
fund. 56 students have received financial assistance through this Alumni Fund,
and 29 student beneficiaries have returned the favour by sponsoring another
deserving student. Currently, 8 students are being supported by the Alumni
Fund. The alumni helped raise over 30 lakhs towards the medical expenses of
one of our students (T H Arjun, a dual-degree CSE student) during the pandemic.
About IIIT-Hyderabad: The International Institute of Information Technology,
Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that
focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science,
Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains
through inter-disciplinary research that has a greater social impact. Some of its
research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language
Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer
Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security,
Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Computational Natural
Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in
Agriculture and e-Governance