459 students graduate at IIIT Hyderabad E-Convocation

HYDERABAD: A total of 459 students—127 undergraduate, 244 postgraduates, among others received degrees at the nineteenth convocation of the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT H) on Saturday. Apart from these students, a record number of 11 PhDs and 86 Masters with thesis were also awarded.

At the convocation of the institute, which was conducted in virtual mode due to Covid-19, Sadaria Aanshul Ashwin Kumar, B Tech Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was awarded the IIIT gold medal in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. The B Tech Best All-rounder award was presented to Kanay Gupta in CSE. Thirteen students received programme gold medals.

Addressing the graduating students, Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore & Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), in her eConvocation address said “This is a special year, and you are a very special class. This is not a time that any of you will forget. Whether or not you know it now, it has changed you and it has shaped you and the coming years will determine how you will look back on the impact that this defining time has had on your lives.”

“While we wait for the immediate crisis to settle and the world to evolve its way into a new way of functioning, I want to leave you with three actions for these times, using words from an inspirational leader. Seek out new perspectives, listen to what other voices are saying, reflect on them and define for yourself what your core values are and what matters to you. And as Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Understand and embrace your values, because they become your destiny’,” she added.

PJ Narayanan, the director of the institute, in his report, said that the Covid-19 has not affected placements this year. “A total of 130 companies registered. 58 visited and 50 made offers to graduating students. The institute has achieved 97% placements as of today,” he added.

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