Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) celebrated its 22nd Annual Convocation with great pageantry on 6th April 2023 with Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship graceing the event as the chief guest. A total of 2022 degrees were awarded this year, comprising 1005 Undergraduates, 638 Masters and 379 PhDs. B V R Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Roorkee, presided over the ceremony.
Congratulating all the graduating students, Dharmendra Pradhan, in his address emphasized the legacy of IIT Roorkee. “IIT Roorkee has witnessed India’s freedom struggle and has been a leading institution in independent India’s growth story. And in this Amrit Kaal, IIT Roorkee and all the graduating students must ensure a developed nation by 2047. It is a century of knowledge and under India’s presidency, the G-20 theme being – “One Earth, One Family, One Future” based on millennium-old understanding and values of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam; IIT Roorkee and its students, faculty and alumni must create a plan on how they want to utilize the great opportunity of G-20,” he said.
The ceremony was held under a dress code of Indian attire: Kurta for males and Saree for females. And the event began with a welcome address by the Director, Prof. K. K. Pant who congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to strengthen their networking and communication abilities, develop relevant skills periodically, think like an entrepreneur and develop leadership qualities. This was followed by the institute’s annual report presented by the Director IIT Roorkee, Prof. K. K. Pant, who gave an overview of the institute’s achievements and the vision of the 175-year-old institute aiming to be a hub for world-class education. Some remarkable achievements of the institute include introducing the UG curriculum aligning with the objectives of the NEP 2020, providing equal opportunity for all, particularly those in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) areas at all levels, implementing and supporting to the Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) is an innovative Pilot Project launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), which ushers a novel intervention programme for promoting gender equity in science and technology, SAKUNTALA (Scheme for Aspirants of Knowledge Under Talent Advancement) Fellowship, a special scheme for female candidates for admission in the Ph.D. programme at IIT Roorkee, the launch of ‘Golden Girl’ scheme for the gold medalists and first rank holders of top 50 universities or institutes of the country for admission into the post-graduate programs and multiple MoU in the direction to empower the youth among several other accolades.
The awardees, their families, and the campus community enthusiastically attended the first annual degree awarding event in the physical mode after two years. Prof. Apurbba Kumar Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, presented the doctoral degree recipients and the awardees of various medals and merit certificates who excelled in their specializations, while the respective heads presented the candidates to the Chairman, Senate for distribution of the degrees, medals and prizes.