NIT Rourkela Organises 18th Annual Convocation, Hon'ble President Of India Graces As The Chief Guest
Apart from troubling the current students' academic curriculum, the COVID-19 pandemic also kept a halt to the anticipation of an orderly convocation for the batch of 2020! Concerning the present circumstances spread across the nation, where mass gathering seems like a mirage, the administration of the National Institute of Technology Rourkela observed its 18th Annual Convocation with remarkable esteemed guests to make it exceptional. On 21 March 2021, NIT Rourkela received Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon'ble President of India, as the Chief Guest for the convocation ceremony. Guests of Honor for the event were Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Hon'ble Governor, Odisha, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel, Shri Naba Kishore Das, Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha, and Shri Jual Oram, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Sundergarh. The Professor-In-Charge (PIC) of the 18th Annual Convocation was Prof. Mahabir Panda from the Department of Civil Engineering, NIT Rourkela.
The event was organized in the Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium (BBA), abiding by COVID-19 rules and regulations' norms. Following the trend, male graduates were dressed in kurtas, and female graduates in traditional Sambalpuri sarees and masks were made mandatory for every individual. Ph.D. scholars were dressed in maroon, B.Tech graduates in blue, and those bestowed with their M.Tech degrees wore green.
The National anthem was played immediately after India's President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s arrival at 11 AM. The convocation was then kicked off by Director NIT Rourkela, Professor Animesh Biswas, who presented the convocation report. In his welcome address, he stated that 544 B.Tech Degrees, 10 B.Arch Degrees, 117 BTech+ M.Tech Dual Degrees, 75 Integrated M.Sc (5 Years) degrees, 424 M.Tech Degrees, 125 M.Sc Degrees, 21 M.A degrees, 25 MBA Degrees, 4 MTech by research degrees and 118 Ph.D. degrees were going to be conferred at the convocation.
He talked about the Institute's strong performance in the recent NIRF rankings and the recent QS Asian University and TIMES rankings internationally. He mentioned the no.1 ranking (according to NIRF rankings) of NIT Rourkela among all NITs in research scope and research visibility. He also raved about the institute’s flexible course structure, the surge in extracurriculars under the Student Activity Centre (SAC), and the Foundation for Technology & Business Incubation (FTBI) success in recent times.
In his concluding remarks, he said
Last but not least, NIT Rourkela aspires to be an even better institute for higher learning. I take this opportunity to request this gathering, especially Dharmendra Pradhan Ji and Juel Oram Ji, to allot 140 acres of land from SAIL in the vicinity of our campus so that we could expand research in the field of Medical Science and Technology.
He encouraged the outgoing students to become leaders in their respective domains, thereby concluding his inaugural address, following which he declared the 18th annual convocation to be open.
This was succeeded by the awarding of the honorary Doctor Of Science degree to the following recipients-
Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra (for his contribution to the field of Public administration and nation-building).
Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla (for his contribution towards industrial development and nation-building).
Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra (for his contribution to the field of Indian literature).
This was followed by the presentation of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by the Governor Of Odisha, Shri Ganeshi Laal, to selected NIT Rourkela alumni who have excelled in various walks of life. The following alumni were the recipient of the honour-
The Institute gold medals were awarded next by the esteemed Chief Guest, the Honorable President Of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
The esteemed Chief Guest, Honorable President Of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji, addressed the gathering next. He expressed his delight over the diamond jubilee celebrations of the institute. During the address, he said;
As the 2nd largest Government-run Technology Institute in Eastern India, NIT Rourkela has made a significant contribution to the field of engineering & technology. For over six decades, this engineering college has been enriching the pool of technical professionals in the country.
He called for the outgoing students to give back to their society and country, which have been instrumental in their careers. He further added
I urge you all to introspect - what are the values and principles you stand for? What is the kind of career you want to pursue? By far, the most important point of introspection is What kind of person do you want to become? I advise you to never judge your success only in terms of material gains. You don’t have to limit yourself by the pressures of conventional notions of success and societal pressures. You need to figure out what you really want to do in your life.
He also stressed the importance of technical education for women by saying-
The country needs more of our girls to pursue higher education, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The growth and excellence of women in technical areas will add a new dimension to our national development. It will promote gender empowerment at the highest level in the fields of science and technology.
He emphasized the role of major educational institutes like NIT Rourkela in the National Education Policy of 2020. He concluded his address on a high note by congratulating the students and their family members, faculty members, teaching and non-teaching staff.
The National Anthem followed the awe-inspiring address at the end of which the esteemed Chief Guest Shri Ram Nath Kovind and the other Guests of Honor left due to prior commitments.
The remainder of the event witnessed Heads of Departments calling out names of eligible students from different courses and specializations. The names and photos of the majority of the students who were absent were displayed on a slideshow as their names were called out by the respective HODs.
The other notable events included distribution of the branch topper medals and various endowment medals, the details of which can be found below.
The event's success was implied by the graduated students' solemn pledge administered to them by the Best Graduate of the Institute, Risabh Bajaj. They vowed to serve as the engineers, scientists, and technologists of the nation dedicatedly, among other promises. After all the scheduled ceremonies were concluded, the event was officially declared closed by the board of governors' chairperson, Professor Animesh Biswas. Everyone in attendance headed for the delectable lunch arranged at the Golden Jubilee Building.