IIT Delhi Commemorates 53rd Convocation

Degrees and diplomas were awarded for the first time to the students graduating in some of the new programmes

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The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) hosted its 53rd convocation on November 5, Saturday and 2,100 degrees were awarded to the graduating students. The Chief Guest on the occassion was Abhijeet Banerjee, Nobel Laureate, Economic Sciences 2019 and Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"You are some of the selected students. You have crossed so many hurdles to get here. The nation needs you. Nehru had great faith in the technology. And he thought that somehow having an elite, such as you are, would transform the nation. And we needed that transformation," Banerjee, in his address to students said.

"I entirely endorse Nehru's vision that if there is a justification for the IITs, it has to be in terms of what you can do for the nation," he added.

In a press release, IIT Delhi said that degrees and diplomas were awarded for the first time to the students graduating in the following new programmes: Joint PhD (IIT Delhi and NYCU, Taiwan), Joint PG Diploma in Visionary Leadership for Manufacturing (jointly with NITIE Mumbai), MS (R) in Sensors, Instrumentation and Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering, MSc in Cognitive Science and MSc in Economics.

"We have enjoyed having all of you here on our campus and seeing you flourish and evolve into confident adults, ready to go out into the real world. You have been fortunate to have received one of the best educations in our country comparable with the best in the world," stated Prof Rangan Banerjee, Director, IIT Delhi.

He added, "We have great hopes from you. You are in the right place at the right time."

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