The former engineering students, who had gathered for the 13th convocation of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) on Tuesday, were filled with zeal after the NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat read out a message of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Saraswat, the chief guest at the event, told the students to build expertise in fundamental sciences to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The awardees at the convocation included, Alok Kumar Mishra — the overall topper in the 2012-14 batch — who won four gold medals. Sapnil Jain received a gold medal in the overall meritorious student category.
In all, 1486 degrees were handed over to the pass-out students. Chemical engineer Sapnil Jain and computer science engineer Shankul Khare received two gold medals. MBA student Mincy Sakari received two gold medals for scoring good marks in the management subject.
The other gold medalists included Anjayey Suman, Vivek Kumar Dubey, Ashutosh Shukla, Mastram Hathesh, Harshita Thakare, Tanya Kaur Bedi and Anmoljeet Kaur
MANIT chairperson Geetha Bali, director NS Chaudhary, dean academics Anil Sharma and other faculty members were present.
The most sought after star of the moment, Alok Kumar Mishra — the overall topper (from 2012 to 2016 batch) — was missing at the event.
Out of 10 CGPA (cumulative grade point average), Mishra has secured 9.78 in the electrical engineering. He has won four gold medals — an overall topper medal, a branch topper medal, HL Kapoor Medal for scoring the highest marks in chemistry and Kuttan Memorial Topper award.
His roommate Pratik Ranjan Verma said, “He doesn’t have a Facebook account nor does he have any smartphone. Mishra wanted to be a researcher so he didn’t appear for any campus placement. He gave a miss to the convocation as he must be busy with some research,”