Kumar Mangalam Birla delivers Convocation Address at IIIT Bombay’s 60th Convocation
– Total 2551 degrees awarded to 2324 students
– Total 449 PhD degrees awarded this year – highest ever number in STEM education in India
The Convocation Day marks the culmination of a student’s academic life. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay today held its 60th Convocation ceremony at its campus. IIT Bombay, in the past two years, had held its Convocation in virtual reality mode and this is the first physical convocation ceremony since then. Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group was the Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation Address. The Convocation was presided over by the Chairperson, Board of Governors (BoG) of IIT Bombay, Dr. Sharad Saraf in the presence of the Institute Director Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri. Dr. Saraf is the first IIT Bombay alumnus to become the Chairperson of the Board of Governors at the Institute.
In his address to the graduands, Dr. Sharad Saraf said, “I request you to consider becoming an entrepreneur and never ever feel a sense of frustration or depression and be a leader wherever you are working.”
This year, four students were presented the Gold medals for their exemplary performance. The ‘President of India Medal’ was bestowed on Mohammad Ali Rehan, a (BTech) student from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The ‘Institute Gold Medal (2020-21)’ was awarded to Koustav Jana, a (dual degree) student from the Department of Electrical Engineering, the ‘Institute Gold Medal (2021-22)’ was awarded to Aryaman Maithani, a (BS) student from the Department of Mathematics, and the ‘Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal’ was conferred on Shreya Pathak, a (BTech) student from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Additionally, many more students were presented with gold medals sponsored by donors.
Presenting the Institute’s Report for the year 2021-22, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri said, “…today’s graduating batch is not only the batch to receive the degree at the Institute’s diamond jubilee convocation, but the batch is possibly the most ‘hardened’ batch that IIT Bombay has ever produced! The students have experienced with a remarkable stoicism all three phases of life in the campus: pre-covid ambiance, extreme hardship due to pandemic and then the post-pandemic opportune moments that the campus provides. The training that our students receive will definitely see them taking up leadership roles, as always, in academic and corporate world, thus contributing to the needs of our country”.
On the academic front, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, revealed that this academic year, a total of 2835 degrees will be awarded to 2585 recipients. Total number of PhD degrees awarded this year is 449. It is worth noting that this is the first time that any Indian academic institute has produced more than 400 PhD graduates in a year – a major milestone for STEM education in India.
Congratulating the graduating students for their academic performance, Chief Guest Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, in his speech said, “To thrive in this world, I believe you must operate at the intersection of purpose, people, and machines (PPM). I urge you to
think of PPM not as Parts Per Million but as Purpose, People and Machines. You are the future of this great nation. All of you have proven yourself as great graduates. Now you need to reinforce and retain human empathy. Find every unique opportunity to reinforce humanness.”
At this main-session of the 60th Convocation, a total of 2551 degrees were awarded to 2324 students. The degrees include 206 PhD, 34 (MTech/ MPhil+PhD), 24 Dual Degree (MSc+PhD), 3 MS (by research), 700 MTech, 53 MDes, 14 Dual Degree (BDes+MDes), 23 MPhil, 115 MBA, 1 EMBA, 17 MPP, 204
two-year MSc, 326 Dual Degree (BTech+MTech), 654 BTech Degrees, 50 Interdisciplinary Dual Degrees (BTech/ BS+MTech/ MSc), 6 five-year Integrated MSc, 6 Dual Degrees (BS+MSc), 48 BS, 14 BDes, and 24 PDGIIT. This year, IIT Bombay granted 25 joint PhD’s along with Monash University. Prof. Margaret Gardner, President and the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University conferred the joint degrees in person.
This year, 35 research scholars have been selected for the award of ‘Naik and Rastogi Award for Excellence in PhD Thesis’ for the year 2020-22.
Apart from witnessing the conferment of degrees, the Uttariyas worn by the senators on the dais, which were hand-woven at the Insitute’s IDC School of Design, caught the attention of the audience. Many of the graduating students took efforts to learn the process of weaving and they had proudly worn the self-woven Uttariyas during the convocation.
Prof. Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University, Australia, members of Board of Governors and several other distinguished guests from India and abroad, attended the Convocation function, besides the graduating students and their parents.