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IIT Jodhpur Convocation: In A First, Degrees To Six Students In Medical Tech

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By: Subham Tiwari | JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN
Updated: November 13, 2022 11:15
Out of the total 561 graduating students at 8th Convocation of IIT Jodhpur, 391 were male and 125 were female
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In a first of its kind in India, joint bachelor’s degrees were awarded to as many as six students by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur and AIIMS, Jodhpur in medical technologies, a stream introduced by the institute to explore high-end tech solutions to some complex issues in the healthcare sector.

The six graduates in the ‘Joint Program on Medical Technologies’ were among 516 students who were awarded degrees at IIT Jodhpur’s 8th convocation ceremony held on Saturday.

This is the highest number of degrees that have been awarded to students in an academic year, said IIT Jodhpur director Prof Shantanu Chaudhary.

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The highest 212 degrees were awarded to BTech students, followed by 123 in MTech, 101 in Master of Science, and 58 in Master of Business Administration (MBA). Sixteen candidates were awarded PhD in different streams.

Speaking on the occasion, director Prof Chaudhary said that graduating IITians must work to find innovative solutions to complex and long-pending problems in Indian society.

Highlighting key features of IIT Jodhpur, he said: “We have specialised, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary courses with a flexible curriculum. Aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, our technology-focused and uniquely tailored curriculum will help graduating classes cross the barriers of traditional parts and excel at the interplay of science and technology.”

“The courses offered by IIT Jodhpur also provide an opportunity for its students to pursue an Entrepreneur Path leading to science-based engineering innovations or convert their programme into a dual degree programme with specialization.”

This year IIT Jodhpur has introduced interdisciplinary programmes including MTech in robotics and mobility, MTech in augmented and virtual reality, intelligent communication systems, C PS and MS and digital forensic and cyber security, artificial intelligence and MS in digital forensic and cyber security and a new four-year VS program in chemistry and physics with specialisation.

Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman, Axilor Ventures, said that the high growth landscape of the Indian IT industry provides a wonderful opportunity for graduating students to make the country A supreme power in the information technology sector by replacing the United States in the next 30 years.

“I strongly believe that the future belongs to India. Today, 50 per cent of the top 10 IT companies in the world are based in India. We are developing a robust entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem that will help the country dominate the world in IT,” he said.

Dr. Ashish Lele, one of India’s top scientists and a guest of honour at the event, congratulated the students and stated that wonderful opportunities await the graduating students.

Dr Lele further said that the high growth in the IT sector will help India achieve the target of a $5 trillion economy set by the Indian government.

He said that the next generation of Indian IT leaders will have the easy option of taking up a job in a multinational company and settling in a developed nation.

“But I recommend that you all follow the path that I followed. This country has given you so much and you must give it back by finding technological solutions to Indian problems,” he told the gathering.

Former principal scientific advisor to the government of India, Professor R Chidambaram, said that research and entrepreneurship are the only way forward if we want to make India a leader in the global IT sphere.

Out of the total 561 graduating students, 391 were male and 125 were female.

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