The day turned out to be most memorable day for the students of the prestigious Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, VNIT Nagpur as the institute celebrated its 13th convocation and the main highlight of the convocation was the speech given by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Mr Pranab Mukherjee spoke about the importance of the convocation day as it indicated the finishing of most important part in the life of the students. He also said that the skills, technology and knowledge acquired by the students from the institute would go long way towards shaping their careers. Pranab Mukherjee was also of the opinion that, the NIT’s must be a leader in creating capacity for new ideas and entrepreneurship in India with national development objectives as their aim.
The President also spoke about the pain faced by the students in achieving the degrees. He lavished praises on the students for their hard work, dedication, involvement and the determination in securing the degrees from the prestigious institute. He was also of the view that, the students now enter into new phase of their lives, their professional phase and would do well to increase the technical expertise on the country. President Mukherjee spoke highly about engineers and engineering as a profession that could develop solutions for many technology based problems. Mathematics, scientific knowledge and creative thoughts would be put into use by the technology students as the technologists are professional practitioners of engineering.
Some light was thrown on “Start up India, Stand up India” initiative at the convocation function where the government would provide helping hands to the start-ups and incentives to enhance entrepreneurship and in creation of jobs. It was also brought out that the key to the success of this initiative would be based on factors such as the creativity in the use of technology and availability of human resources of the nation.
The convocation function was held in the auditorium of VNIT packed to its capacity. About 1140 students received their degrees at the convocation. It must be noted that 729 students got their B.Tech and B.Arch degrees. Doctoral degrees for 48 students were also given apart from 312 M.Tech degrees, 1 M.Arch and 45 M.Sc. degrees.
For securing the highest CGPA, Prem Ramesh Auti of the department of mechanical engineering received Sir Visvesvaraya medal. Other medal winners from various departments included Susamiddha Saha with highest CGPA in chemical engineering, Dhurv Chawala, highest CGPA in civil engineering, Nikitha Vedula, highest CGPA in computer science and engineering, Gaurav Girish, highest CGPA in electrical and electronics engineering, Santhosh Gupta, highest CGPA in electronics and communication engineering. Others like Sanjiv Patel, highest CGPA in materials and metallurgical engineering, Saurabh Singh, highest CGPA in mining engineering, Pratmesh Kubal, highest CGPA in architecture were also awarded with the medal. Apart from these, 17 M.Tech and 3 M.Sc. students who had performed exceedingly well securing highest CGPA were also given medals. One notable information was degrees to the students of the first batch of excavation engineering were also issued at the convocation function.
Apart from VNIT Director OR.Jaiswal who addressed the students, others like PM.Padole, dean academics, HM. Suryawanshi, dean faculty welfare, SR. Sathe, dean research, GP.Singh, dean planning finance and development, RR.Yepude, dean students welfare and register and Anupama Kumar, associate dean of public relations also addressed the students and spoke about the students responsibilities etc.
It must be noted that, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for road transport, highways and shipping were also present at the convocation and spoke about the responsibilities of the students apart from other things. In the end, the President also paid his respect to M.Visvesvaraya and expressed his happiness regarding the convocation of VNIT, that coincided with the birthday of Visvesvaraya popularly known as the Engineers day in India.