Imphal: As many as 210 students were awarded degrees at the seventh annual convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Manipur here on Monday.
Degrees were awarded to 109 B.Tech, 53 M.Tech (full time), 4 M.Tech (Part-time), 29 M.Sc and 15 Ph.D students.
Dr RK Ranjan Singh, Member of Parliament, who graced the function, advised the students to look for opportunities that interest them. However, they should not indulge in any type of unethical and unprofessional behaviours to achieve success, he added.
Stating that leaders are not just the people in charge, the Parliamentarian contended that they are the ones who step forward to make a difference in life and work.
Touching upon the ‘New Education Policy’, which was recently passed by the Parliament, after a 34-year gap, Dr Ranjan said the new Policy will reorient the education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century by achieving the twin objectives of inclusion and excellence.
“It’s been a challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the life of every one of us. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this academic year did not end the way it was planned and the coming months are likely to throw more challenges to all of us…,” stated Prof Goutam Sutradhar, while addressing the august convocation.
The Director also mentioned about the various achievements of the institute, viz, participation of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, construction of waste conservation pond and rainwater harvesting under Jal Shakti Abhiyan, holistic efforts for cleanliness and plastic-free campaign and its glorious academic and research achievements.
Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE, via video conferencing, congratulated the degree recipients as their hard work and dedication to maintain high standards, made them earn their degrees and awards.
“The technology is changing rapidly. What is taught in colleges becomes irrelevant by the time one graduate. The interdependence of one discipline of engineering with the other is more relevant today than at any other time…,” he further stated.
Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, while delivering the convocation through video conferencing stated that challenges in life are many. As students, they were facing academic challenges, but now they should be ready to face real problems in life. But, the rigorous academic, technical and social training, Kumar said, that they (students) received at NIT, Manipur will help to overcome those challenges.
Registrar of NIT Manipur, Prof Kh. Manglem Singh, administered pledge to recipients of degrees.
Being overall topper of BTech program of the institute, Nityanand Tiwari, BTech Electrical Engineering received the prestigious Chairman’s gold medal award.
Institute Gold medals were also awarded to Samyak Raj (Computer Science & Engineering), Yendreddy Venu Gopal Reddy (Electronics & Communication Engineering), Akshay Saseendran MP (Mechanical Engineering) and Potsangbam Saroja Devi (Civil Engineering).
It may be noted that as per MHRD’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), India Rankings 2020, NIT Manipur is ranked 158th among top engineering institutions in the country.
NIT Manipur has consistently been able to feature in the top 200 Engineering Institutes in the country since NIRF was introduced, an official of the institute said.