Girl students outshined boys at the 11th Convocation Ceremony of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) held on Thursday by bagging 11 out of 20 medals.
Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering student Divya Shanmughan emerged as topper of the institute. Former director of IIT Kanpur Padamshree Sanjay Govind Dhande was conferred with degree of doctor of science on the occasion.
In all, 1348 graduate and postgraduate students and 58 PhD scholars were conferred with their respective degrees. Most of the meritorious girl students want to join teaching as their profession as they think it is the best way to return to our society.
Bachelor of Architecture, gold medalist Kanupriya Ojha said, "I want to share my knowledge with my juniors. Teaching is the best profession and it plays important role in building the nation. This inspiration has come from my father, who is also a professor."
BTech chemical engineering student Shraddha Mandloi said, "I want to contribute to the society by serving as a teacher. I don't want to waste my studies and learning in doing jobs in private companies and in earning money."
Meanwhile, most of the male students said they want to participate in the development of the country by becoming a part of it. BTech civil engineering student Sagar Goyal said, "I want to crack Indian Engineering Services (IES)."
Renowned scientist and managing director (MD) of BrahMos Aerospace A Sivathanu Pillai was the chief guest at the convocation while as senior scientist and chairman of board of governors of MANIT GK Mehta chaired the ceremony.
MANIT director Appu Kuttan KK and dean Academic Geeta Agnihotri were also present on the ocassion. Speaking on the ocassion, Pillai said Madhya Pradesh was the fastest growing state in India and in next few years, it would emerge as technology and industrial hub.
"Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is working hard to develop the state and successful organisation of Global Investors' Summit is an example of his effort," said Pillai.
He added that during the last five decades since independence, India has made all-round technological progress with many accomplishments. "India possesses re-entry technology, supercomputers, phase-shifters for passed array radar, advance navigation and guidance etc. With this background of technological advances, India aims to have new."
He motivated students and said youth should come together for new innovations. "Nation's prosperity is powered by technology which comes out of research and innovations at institutions like MANIT," he added.