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President Ram Nath Kovind tells IITH to write script of 21st century

Hyderabad: Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) celebrated its 7th convocation on Sunday  with President Ramnath Kovind as Chief Guest and Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, as Guest of Honour. Other guests presented at the meeting were Mr Mohammad Mahmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana and Mr. Harish Rao, Minister for Irrigation, Marketing & Legislative Affairs of Telangana. 

The day of the convocation was also the first day of the institute's second decade.

This year a total of 566 students graduated from the campus with flying colours. Out of these, there are 435 boys and 131 girls. 

The institute also has a vibrant research culture involving cutting-edge technologies, with over 800 PhD students, out of which 58 received their doctorates during the Convocation 2018.

Four gold medals were given to the students for their academic excellence for the class of 2018. Mr Ibrahim Dalal, B.Tech, secured President of India Gold Medal while Parmish Kaur, M.Sc and Greeshma P M, M.Tech, received the institute's gold medals. K. Sneha Reddy, B. Tech, received Excellence in Academics and co-curricular activities.  

Mr Ibrahim Dalal, said, “Faculty members, especially in CSE department and seniors have always been my inspiration. I also had great friends and batch mates who were always so helpful and I learnt a lot from them. Of course, my parents are the reason I am here today. So, I would like to dedicate this medal to all these people.”

Addressing the students, the President said, “There is so much you can do, and so much you can achieve for yourselves, for your families, for society at large, particularly for those less fortunate than you. Please dream big and aim high and please take risks. The time to do it is now.”

Speaking about the institute, the President said, “IIT Hyderabad is not envisaged as just an add-on to the ecosystem. Rather, it needs to be the hub of this ecosystem. It must be the connecting tissue and the catalyst for a greater synergy. This is IIT Hyderabad's mandate. Our aspirations are no longer limited to the heavy industrial base that was created six decades ago. Rather, IIT Hyderabad has to remain relevant to the fourth industrial revolution that will write the script of the 21st century.”

Presenting the Institute Report, Prof. U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “Though IIT Hyderabad is 10 years old, we have made a mark in education and research. We were also ranked 9th by NIRF.”

Addressing the Convocation, Mr B.V.R Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Hyderabad, said, “You are now stepping into the real world that is undergoing an unprecedented change brought about by technology. A change that is fundamentally transforming the way we live, consume, communicate and manage, is playing a unique role in powering economic growth and bringing better comforts to mankind.”