Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the requirement and the aspiration of 21st century India has changed and now the IITs have to be taken to the next level as Institute of Indigenious Technology. Addressing the 66th annual convocation of IIT Kharagpur through video conferencing today, the Prime Minister said, students, who have got degrees on this day, will not only have to start a new life but also act as start up to change the lives of millions of people of this country.
He said that self awareness, self confidence and selflessness will be the key to success in life. There is no shortcut in the way of science, technology and innovation. Even if someone does not succeed, they will learn something new as failure is the pillar of success. Keeping in view the safety measures during the post pandemic situation, this year the Convocation is being organized in virtual mode. Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre also addressed the convocation.
75 students including nine Institute Gold medal winners and sixty six Institute Silver medal winners were awarded in person while more than two thousand and eight hundred students were awarded degrees in online mode.
The Institute also conferred DSc, IIT Kharagpur Life Fellow Award and distinguished Alumnus Award to 27 achievers for their contribution to academics and research, social service and public welfare. Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Dr. E. Sreedharan, former Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) popularly known as the “Metro Man” and Swami Atmapriyananda Maharaj Former Vice-Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute were among the dignitaries felicitated today.