Convocation ceremony is that moment in every student’s life which serves as the starting point of their FUTURE journey. The 16th convocation ceremony of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad witnessed the women power in full display that saw over 200 students Graduate. Students were all dressed in traditional attire, as mandated by the institute. Men wore kurtas while women attended the ceremony dressed in saree or salwar kameez. Both men and women were asked to wear ‘angavastram’ that had sparked a controversy last year at University of Hyderabad.
Yet again the women outshine the men
Five of the nine Ph.D awardees and the eight gold medalists were women, indicating research and advanced fields of study in computer sciences is no longer a male bastion. Last year and the year before, only three women were awarded doctorate. Even fewer women were gold medal winners.
Achievements of IIIT-H in the past academic session
The administration also recounted achievements of the institute in the last year. It claimed researchers at IIIT-H produced 350 papers in top journals in the last one year and partnerships with University of Cambridge, Uppsala University among others, were created during the same time. The institute has claimed all its students registered for placement this year from B.Tech and M.Tech courses have been placed with highest package of Rs. 35 lakh offered to a B.Tech CSE student.
While addressing the gathering at the enormous occasion, Ronnie Screwvala- Founder of UTV group urged the gathering to pause and reflect on their career paths before embarking on achieving excellence. For the passing out students are a privileged lot as most of India does not have the education you (the students) have had. Chairman of the governing council Prof. Raj Reddy said he hoped the Class of 2016 will be part of all major technological breakthroughs that await the world in the future. He administered up on the graduates an invocation from Taittiriya Upanishad and admitted the students to their degrees.
The occasion celebrates the achievement of each student and recognizes the central goal of the institute, namely student engagement, enlightenment and excellence. The event mirrors the institute’s culture of caring for and inspiring its members. Literally a “calling together,” the convocation assembles all elements of the Institute/ University community: degree candidates and their families, and friends, the faculty, the deans, the officers of the University/ Institute, the Trustees of the University/ Institute, the provost, and the president.