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New Delhi : Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually addressed the students at 18th Convocation ceremony of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre was the guest of honor.. J D Patil, whole-time Director, and Senior Executive Vice President for L&T’s Defence Business & L&T-NxT also attended the programme.

Pokhriyal, the Chief Guest for the convocation, in his video message, congratulated the students and the parents. He talked about the 3Ds, the country has. The Democracy, Demographics, and Demand. He appealed the students to use these 3Ds and help the country become ‘ATMANIRBHAR’ and attain a goal of 5 trillion dollar economy. He stressed on the role of engineering in nation building. He also informed about the various schemes such as Digital India, Start-up India, Make in India etc.  started by the Government of India.

He urged the students to build the Naya Bharat – Swachha Bharat, Swastha Bharat and Sashakt  Bharat.  The minister, sought attention of the students to some of the alumni of the institute, who have made immense contribution to the society and the nation.  Pokhriyal appreciated the work done by the institute during the corona pandemic, according to a PIB release.

Sanjay Dhotre, in his speech asked the students to remember the sacrifices made by the parents to see them reach this milestone.

During the 18th Convocation; VNIT awarded a total of 1134 degrees, that included

    • 61 Doctor of Philosophy,
    • 268 Master of Technology,
    • 94 Master of  Science,
    • 648 Bachelor of Technology in various engineering disciplines and
    • 63  Bachelor of  Architecture

This year VNIT felicitated students and research scholars with 45 medals, prizes and awards for their academic meritorious achievements.

This year, the prestigious Sir Visvesvaraya Medal was given to Abdul Sattar Mohammad Ashraf Mapara, B. Tech. in Computer Science Engineering, for securing highest CGPA amongst all disciplines of B. Tech. programmes. He also received Late N G Joshi prize, Late Dr A  G Paithankar Medal, and Late Mahamahopadhyay Padmavibhushan Dr V V Mirashi Medal. The Academic Excellence Prize and the Late Parag Tijare Prize, both of which are given for highest CGPA in B. Tech., Computer Science Engineering ,were also bagged by him

Chetna Srivastava, a student from BTech. in Civil Engineering, secured the highest number of prizes and medals. She received the Institute Medal, Academic Excellence Prize, Watwe Education Trust Prize, Late Vishnu Diwakar alias Bhausaheb Gijre Prize, P J Sahastrabuddhe Memorial prize, Late  C T Gharpure prize, Late Prof. M S Joshi medal, Late Amol Krishnarao Kawadkar medal and Late Sadik Vali medal for highest CGPA in B. Tech. in Civil Engineering. She also bagged Dr S  S Amin prize for scoring highest marks in the subject Advanced Structural Analysis. The newly constituted medal, in the memory of Late Vishramji Jamdar, for 2nd highest CGPA amongst all disciplines of B. Tech. programmes was also awarded to her.

Prof. P M  Padole, Chairman BoG and Director VNIT, in his speech, presented the institute report. He said that the institute believes strongly in Industry – Institute – Interaction, and has signed MoU with many industries including the Dassault Aviation, the French Aircraft manufacturer for setting up a center of excellence & establish a curriculum of excellence, with Siemens, to set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) in the area of Industry 4.0, and AIIMS Nagpur to strengthen the various research areas in the field of medical engineering.