The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi had its 10th convocation, with 462 students graduating (348 male and 114 female). This year, the institute granted 64 PhDs, the greatest number of PhDs conferred in an academic year at IIT Mandi to date.
The institute has experienced an increase in the number of female students graduating from various programmes. This year, IIT Mandi graduated 33 female students in undergraduate programmes, 49 in postgraduate and master’s programmes, 28 in PhD programmes, and four in iPhD programmes, exceeding prior years’ numbers.
The chief guest was Prof Stuart R Hameroff of the University of Arizona in the United States. The honorees included Akhilesh Gupta, Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), New Delhi; Kingshuk Banerjee, Director, Hitachi India Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru; and Woochan Chang, Director, KOICA India, New Delhi.
“I wish my heartiest greetings to all our graduating students,” stated Prof Laxmidhar Behera, Director of IIT Mandi. “They will become the torch bearer of the Institute. I am sure that their professional competencies and uncompromising character will empower them to lead the society in various ways. Their success will also be the success of IIT Mandi.”
“In the coming years, my focus will be to encourage faculty members and research scholars to publish impactful research works that are at par with the best Universities across the world. We must be solving real-live problems around us that will impact the lives of the people around. To encourage the research ecosystem, we have raised the seed grant to faculty members from 5 lakh to15 lakh,” he said.