Rourkela: 17th convocation at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela held here, on Saturday. As many as 559 B Tech students, 135 dual degree (BTech and MTech) students, 365 M Tech students, 106 MSc, 24 B Architecture, 30 MBA and 13 MA students were conferred with their degrees during the convocation .
As many as nine students were conferred institute’s gold medals on the occasion. National Assessment and Accrediation Council (NAAC) Executive Chairman Padmashree Virander Singh Chauhan, who graced the occasion as chief guest, claimed that Indian higher education was the second largest in the world. Stating that British rulers had paid little attention to establish any credible education system in India, he said from only 20 universities and about 200 colleges in 1948, there were now about 900 universities and 40,000 colleges, with more than 3.5 crore students in higher education segment.
NIT Director Animesh Biswas read out the detail report. NIT Registrar P K Das in his addressed informed that an incubation centre would soon be established at NIT Rourkela by the Indian Space Research Centre, which will pave the way for the students to have research on space science. Former NIT students like Pravas Ranjan Mohapatra, CR Das, BK MIshra, Sarit Kumar Das, DR Pattnaik, Sukanta Kumar Mohapatra, Deb Bhatacharya, Manoj Nayak and Lalatendu Rath were felicitated.