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18th convocation of National Institute of Technology Silchar held

Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, among others, attend meet

Director of Silchar NIT, Sivaji Bandyopadhyay. addresses the convocation. Picture by Satananda Bhattacharjee

Hailakandi, November 2: The 18th convocation of National Institute of Technology(NIT), Silchar, Assam was held today, addressed virtually by the Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal,  among others. Pokhriyal congratulated NIT Silchar for achieving 46th rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 and mentioned  the rise in rank to fifth position from NIRF-2019. Pokhriyal  highlighted the various aspects of the New Education Policy and that the government was collaborating with top 100 universities/institutes globally.

 Medals and achievements

This year’s undergraduate gold medal was awarded to Kshitij Mehrotra, a mechanical engineering graduate for achieving the highest CPI in the institute.  The gold medal for best undergraduate student was received by Jha Prakash, a computer science and engineering student. The post-graduate gold medal was given to Sujith T. of mechanical engineering. 

The recipient of the Kalikrishna Mrinalini Memorial gold medal was Hladini Agnivesh from electrical engineering and the recipient of the Saswata Purakayastha Memorial Gold Medal was Ashis Ranjan of electrical engineering. Kalyani Rajkumari, a PhD degree recipient from the chemistry department was awarded the Best Doctoral Degree Award. The distinguished faculty award went to Professor Saurabh Chaudhury. 

881 students awarded degrees

Altogether 881 students were awarded their degrees, which includes 572 B. Tech. students in various engineering disciplines, 188 MTech students, 30 MSc students and 43 MBA students and 48 PhD students. In his welcome address, Gautam N. Mehra, the chairman, board of governors, NIT Silchar, reiterated the importance of convocation in a student’s life and asked them to be confident and wise to handle any circumstances in life. He said the current pandemic was unique in its magnitude and has taught us many things.
He spoke of various government schemes to provide strength to various important sectors. 
He congratulated all the stakeholders for accomplishing good ranks in NIRF, ARIIA, THE and US News Ranking and mark institutes presence in the global arena.
The convocation was also addressed by director Sivaji Bandyopadhyay,  Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, the chairman of AICTE and distinguished alumnus Sanjay Chaudhuri, associate director, DRDO.