The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) celebrated its 54th convocation on July 21, 2017 at its campus. Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India and co-founder of Infosys, Nandan Nilekani graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Madras and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra also presided over the function.
Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras awarded degrees to the graduating students while Nilekani awarded prizes to the students.
A total of 2,263 degrees were awarded this year. Out of which 15 B.Tech (Honours), 422 B.Tech, 422 M.Tech, nine Dual-Degree (B.Tech Honours & M.Tech), 341 Dual-Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech), 19 Dual-Degree (MS & PhD) including two Dual Degree for M.Tech & PhD, 140 M.Sc., 58 MBA, 36 MA, 175 MS and 257 PhD degrees were awarded this year. M.Tech/Ph.D dual degree and a joint PhD degree with the University of Passau, Germany were awarded for the first time this year.
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Presenting a report on the Institute's performance in the last academic year, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “The past academic year has been very rewarding for IIT-M. It has not only sustained the Number 1 ranking among Engineering Institutes in the NIRF ranking for the second year running but has been ranked in the 2nd position for overall performance among all universities in India.”
Prof. Ramamurthi added, “IIT Madras in order to address the needs of our country in emerging areas as well as meet the aspirations of our students, introduced an upgrade path for our undergraduates to an M.Tech Degree in the emerging interdisciplinary areas of Data Sciences, Materials and Nano Technology, Biomedical Engineering, computational Engineering and Energy Systems.”
IIT Madras has been recognised with the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for the Solar-DC Micro-grid Technology pioneered by Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala. IIT Madras has been active in furthering its international collaborations. During 2016-2017, the institute has signed 35 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with international universities worldwide to facilitate student exchanges and faculty collaborations, taking the total number of active MoUs to 215 and Joint Degree Programs (JDP) to 15 and Joint Supervision Programs to 50.
Addressing the graduating students, Nilekani said, “Industry by industry dramatic changes are happening and we have to be prepared for a world where there will be a lot of change. The good news for you students is that you are graduating from an institute like IIT Madras. But the bad news is that you can’t stop learning because you can’t predict what the future requirements will be. Your biggest take-away from IIT Madras is going to be learning to learn.”
He further added, “Data is the new oil, it will be the business of 21stcentury. But it’s important that it is available for everyone to use and not restricted to a few pockets so that a common consumer can use it for varied requirements like better healthcare, better choices and so on”.
Out of the 2,263 degrees being awarded, 1,588 students collected their degrees in person. Out of these, there were 284 women and 1,304 men. There were also 21 differently-abled students. A total of 769 students were placed through Placement Office, of whom a large fraction 364 joined core engineering companies.
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