Creating a historic benchmark by crossing 1600 plus offers in the Phase I of placement season 2022, IIT Kharagpur celebrated its 68th Convocation on December 24, 2022. Shri Peter Chan, Founder & CEO of Herons Bonsai, United Kingdom graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur honoured us with his virtual presence. With prolific advancements towards engaging new advents in technological pursuits and branching out to diverse fields of medical, law, management and entrepreneurship, this year IIT Kharagpur is proud to bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Brij K. Dhindhaw, Distinguished Alumnus & Emeritus Professor of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Prof. Dhindaw served as the Teaching & Research Faculty in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department from 1966 – 2009 in IIT Kharagpur. Along with Prof Dhindhaw, 9 awardees including Prof. Dr. Sudhir Jain; Prof. Bayya Yegnanarayana; Prof. Tapan Bagchi, Prof. Ramchandra Prabhakar Gokarn; Prof. Parimal Pal Chaudhuri; Prof. Uday K Chatterjee; Prof. Brahma Deo; Dr. Madan Mohan Pandey and Mr. Thachat Viswanath Narendran. This year 40 prolific alumni of the institute including Shri Vineet Kumar Goyal; Shri Arjun Sen; Dr. Aloknath De; Shri. Arvind Jain; Dr. Bratin Saha; Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Mohanty; Dr. Prabjit Singh; Dr. Ranjit Rath; Shri Manoj Chugh; Shri Bikash Koley; Shri Surendra Kumar; Dr. Krishnendu Roy; Prof. Subhasish Mitra; Dr. Manish Pandey; Prof. Manojranjan Nayak; Dr. Suresh Kumar Nair; Prof. Sunil Kumar Sarangi; Shri Devendra Mishra and Shri Partha Pratim Sinha among many were honoured with Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2022.
The theme for this year’s Convocation was ‘Technology for the Deprived.” The origin of discovery and innovation started with the intent of purpose for the need of the people which required a solution. As as Institute of Eminence, IIT Kharagpur refurbishes a solution-driven technology with a commercial base of propulsion which is for the lower strata of the society to access. Along these lines, the vision of One Earth, One Nation, One Family and One Future with the G20 presidency was also established profoundly.
In the 68th Convocation, the institute felicitated 1574 UG; 998 PG; 24 MS; 429 Research Scholars that includes 374 Ph.D [with 31 Ph.D (Joint)]; 46 LLB; 750 M. Tech; 6 MMST; 17MHRM; 39 MCP; 97 MBA; 14 LLM; 29 EMBA; 604 M. Tech Dual Degree; 2 M.Sc and M.Tech; 496 B.Tech (Hons); 37 B.Arch (Hons); 221 five-year integrated M.Sc; 5 three-year M.Sc and 209 two-year M.Sc degrees.
This year the President of India Gold Medal for the best academic performance among the outgoing B. Tech. (Hons.) and B. Arch. (Hons.) students was awarded to A Jaaneshwaran, B.Tech.(Hons.) in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering. A micro-specialization in Embedded Wireless System, he secured the highest GPA among the others. The Prime Minister of India Gold Medal for the best academic performance among the Dual Degree and Integrated M.Sc outgoing students was awarded to Shri Mr. Shouharda Ghosh, Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering. The Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy Memorial Gold Medal for the best all-round performance among the B. Tech. (Hons.) and B. Arch. (Hons.) outgoing students is awarded to Mr. Abhay Shukla, Department of Industrial and System Engineering and Minor in Computer Science and Engineering.
The Dr. Jnan Chandra Ghosh Memorial Gold Medal for the best all-round performance among the Dual Degree and Integrated M.Sc outgoing students is being given to Ms. Pankhuri Saxena, in the Department of Humanities and Social Science with Minor in Mathematics and Computing and micro-specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Applications and micro-specialization in optimization on Theory and Applications. Among the others are Mr. Sayan Bhattacharjee of the Department of Chemistry is awarded the Professor Jagadish Chandra Bose Memorial Gold Medal for the best academic performance among the outgoing students of all 2-year M.Sc courses in the science disciplines; Ms. Nandhini S of the Rubber Technology Centre has been awarded the Director’s Gold Medal for the best academic performance among the students completing M. Tech and MCP courses and Mr. Vemula Prashanth of the Department of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering is awarded the Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal for the best all-round performance among the M.Tech and MCP outgoing students. The Chairman, Board of Governor’s Gold Medal for PG category is awarded to Mr. Pathak Abhishek Mihirkumar of the Department of Civil Engineering and for UG category to Mr. Subhamoy Dey of the Department of Physics.
As the Chief Guest of the 68th Convocation of IIT Kharagpur, Shri Peter Chan, Founder & CEO of Herons Bonsai Limited and Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur address the occasion calling himself a ‘Humble Mali’ and what IIT Kharagpur’s adds in terms of training of character and mind. He says that a person can reinvent and rediscover himself at any point of his/her life. He added that, “The multidisciplinary mandate of creating a revolutionized education system will further contribute to India’s G20 Presidency, upholding the vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’- One Earth, One Family, One Future’. As a country, it is India’s turn to display its potential of Global Leadership and put forward its agenda on the issues of international importance and cooperation. “With deep reverence, I have found that the motto of IIT Kharagpur is “Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam” योगःकर्मसु कौशलम्, which is taken from the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 50, which literally means Excellence in Action is achieved through the Science of Mind i.e., Yoga. The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. IIT Kharagpur is considered to be incubation centres of talent & technology, presenting the world with ace leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur stated, “The Institute intends to collaborate with tech giants to build Technology Research Parks engaging people more effectively and establish Lab to Market products. Several cross-disciplinary research collaboration and research endeavours have been recognized to highlight the importance of modernization in infrastructure and experimental facilities that will drive its growth trajectory. The institute in collaboration with the corporate houses has made significant contributions to community welfare in the fields of education, training, skill development, healthcare, sanitation, nourishment, rural upliftment, sustainable livelihood, environment conservation and several other areas in the realm of CSR including the design and development of electric pick-up trucks, a smartphone app for detection of microbes, the smartphone app for detection of fake currency, science and heritage projects on Indus Valley civilization and classical arts, Bio-gas plants, fortified food grains, application of Internet of things (IoT) in agriculture, application of Block-chain in healthcare etc. I hope the institute is recognized as the best IIT of the nation. For the students, I can only say that with every challenge comes the gorgeous opportunity to rise into next level as leader, performer and human being. Obstacles are nothing more than tests to measure how seriously you want the rewards that your ambitions seek.”
Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur said that IIT KGP is successful in incorporating the provisions of NEP 2020 by revising its curriculum in UG/PG level including the multiple entry exit policy and multi-disciplinary mandate for holistic development. The faculties as well as the students have dedicatedly designed and developed several equipment related to healthcare including Covirap, iMedex telemedicine system, Deekshak e-classroom software, AI based system monitoring social distancing, Ultra High Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel for Indian Space, Painless Needle, Cell patterning, 2G Ethanol, AI based low-cost meteorological inspection system, Robotic systems to detect and treat plant disease etc. Expanding its horizons in Medical Sciences and Medical Engineering, the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Forum has started with 250 beds donated by our Alumni. IIT KGP has achieved a significant milestone in its pioneering move to build a Medical College and Hospital. The medical college presently has faculties of eight different pre-, para-, and clinical departments and soon IIT Kharagpur will be starting the Medical College. He concluded that IIT KGP has made history by getting the highest placement offers among all IITs and aims to become the world-wide benchmark in education excellence by establishing IIT Malaysia, which will be a major step for the institute to set its global footprint in the international domain of Higher Education promoting Indian standards of education. From the rejuvenation of the industrial sector and augmenting it through Atma Nirbhar Bharat policy to the education sector to establish the BRAND INDIA. We need active engagement of government in telling this story of India and we are fortunate to have them beside us to the creative and innovative influx of ‘Dynamic Education’ as education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in a man.
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