IIIT Bangalore and upGrad host their fifth graduation ceremony for digital learners

Bangalore: The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), a premier engineering and technology Deemed University, in partnership with upGrad, India’s largest online higher education company, today hosted a virtual convocation ceremony for 2,323 graduates. Gracing the event with their presence were Chief Guest Mr. N G Subramaniam, COO, TCS, along with Professor Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Dean (Academics) – IIITB, Professor S Sadagopan, Director – IIITB, Ronnie Screwvala, Executive Chairman & Co-founder – upGrad, and Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD – upGrad.

The class of 2021, along with IIITB and upGrad celebrated the successful completion of their Post Graduate Diploma programs in Data Science, Machine Learning (ML), and Software Development/Blockchain. The students included seasoned working professionals from organizations including Fortune 500 Companies. 20 graduating students were awarded the ‘Top Performer’ award for achieving the highest CGPA in their respective program.

The Chief Guest, N G Subramaniam, COO, TCS, shared his thoughts with the graduates, “Our ability to articulate complex matters with clarity and simplicity will be the most desired skills as we embrace technology in our lives. So the future is now. You can be the GPS. Wish you all a great future!”

“It’s encouraging to see so many people return to academics to stay abreast of changing technology trends. Today, as our learners graduate, I wish them great success to win the future of possibilities that await them,” said Professor Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Dean (Academics) – IIITB while addressing the graduates.

“We feel that constant learning is key to innovation and it should be unending. By providing that opportunity via online education, we will soon see a larger skilled workforce in India and across the world. My congratulations to the Class of 2021,”, said Professor S. Sadagopan, Director, IIITB.

Commenting on the occasion, Ronnie Screwvala, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of upGrad, said, “The best form of learning today is ‘on-the-job-learning’, where you not only learn at work but also continue learning online. It is a privilege for everyone at IIITB and upGrad to welcome you formally into our alumni group.”

“All the gruelling hard work, commitment and dedication you applied to successfully complete your program is a huge achievement. Carry on and never give up on your journey, no matter how long it takes because those who achieve are those who act,” said Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad.

Sharing her learning experience, Jyothi Rajesh, IIITB upGrad alumnus said, “This is the beginning of just another journey in your professional lives. The Data & Technology domain has unimaginable and boundless applications, and now you can apply your knowledge effectively in practical use cases.”

The PG Diploma in Data Science is India’s largest Data Science program with over 10,000 alumni and learner-base. This program in partnership with IIITB is India’s first-ever PG Diploma to be recommended and validated by NASSCOM and is aligned to Government approved National Occupational Standards (NOS).


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