Jaipur: Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (MNIT) concluded its 10th convocation on Friday December 11, 2015 in a glittering ceremony attended by Padma Vibhushan Prof. R. A. Mashelkar, and eminent scientist Padma Shri Dr. Upendra Kaul, Executive Director besides other guests.
A total of 1,177 degrees including 63 B.Arch, 740 B.Tech, 261 M.Tech/M Planning, 51 M.Sc., 27 MBA and 35 PhD degrees were awarded. About 9 students who secured first position in B. Tech and B. Arch programmes were awarded with gold medals. Similarly, 22 students of post graduate programmes were also awarded with Gold Medals for securing first positions.
While addressing the convocation ceremony, Padma Vibhushan Prof. R.A Mashelkar, Former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) acknowledged that the MNIT as an institution over the years has fully equipped it’s students with skills and tools to deal with the challenges of the world confidently.
"Ambience without Ambition and Ambition without Ambience has no consequences. MNIT has one of the best campus which is fully equipped to create bright ambitious young talent for the nation", he said.
"We must realize that we are entering into a challenging VUCA world which is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. ‘Education in innovation’ and ‘Innovation in education’ are the dire needs of the hour", he added.
"World class universities will need to achieve this twin goal and MNIT Jaipur must have a dream to become a world class institution with seamless integration of education, research and innovation. Education disseminates known knowledge and Research creates new knowledge", he said.
Elaborating on three pillars for creating world class universities which included, excellence, autonomy and governance, Prof. Mashelkar said, “Excellence- where mere teaching without research is futile. Uncompromising excellence in both teaching and research is important."
"Autonomy- where autonomy or flexibility must flow across the university from teachers to students. Governance- where governance structure of Universities must change with changing times. Transparent regulatory mechanism that ensures accountability will instill a sense of confidence in the academic community and the society as well", he said.
Padma Shri Dr. Upendra Kaul, Executive Director – Academics & Research (Cardiology), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in his speech said, "Being a graduate from an esteemed institution such as MNIT, which has a track record of repute, puts a tremendous responsibility on the shoulders of this young talent."
"It is important that one must not forget to serve the people of their own nation, living at the bottom of the pyramid and uplift their lives through concepts of smart cities which have been declared by the Prime Minister.
"It is also important that one must not neglect the sectors already neglected such as healthcare, education and must build in-house technology, infrastructure and retain the talent that has been driven off-shore for better opportunities. The graduating talent must invest in education, healthcare, R&D and create the right atmosphere for positive growth", he said.
In 52 years the MNIT boasts 9 UG programs, 20 PG programs including PhD in all disciplines. The present intake for Undergraduate programs is 785 and for Post graduate program is 745. The institute has registered about 100 new PhD scholars for the year 2015-16 and has today around 500 PhD scholars working full time in the institute.