Knowledge New engine of economic growth and social development: CM Odisha

18th Annual KIIT Convocation

Bhubaneswar- “Currently, we live in a geo-economic world and knowledge is recognized as a key resource for economic growth and social development,” Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, told Batch 2022 during the 18th annual convocation of the KIIT. be University, Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Wishing the graduates a bright future, he said he was confident that they would make their mark in society with their ideas and innovations.

“Over the past 25 years, KIIT has established itself in the field of technical and vocational education in the country. He has achieved many milestones in obtaining prestigious national and international accreditations and he also stands out in community outreach programs,” said the Chief Minister. He also noted his significant contributions in the field of sports. This year, the institution celebrates its silver jubilee.

In her convocation speech delivered virtually, Nobel Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum urged graduates to do something for those less privileged than them, even as they pursue their professional careers. Guest of Honour, John Desmond Forbes Anderson (Lord Waverley), British Member of Parliament, UK, said that India is an economic powerhouse and shares a lot in common with the UK. He called for expanding areas of cooperation between the two countries, including the free trade agreement.

On this occasion, KIIT-DU conferred Honoris Causa D.Litt. Diplomas awarded to six eminent personalities from all over the world: Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament, Norway; Bishow Parajuli, Representative and Country Director, WFP India; Andreas Jahn, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Germany; Dr Deepa Malik, Padma Shri, Khel Ratna & Arjuna Awardee, and President of the Indian Paralympic Committee; K. Subramanian, Executive Vice President, AFCONS Infrastructure; and Prabodh Mohanty, Managing Director, SN Mohanty Group.

No less than 8123 students received diplomas during the graduation ceremony. These include 6330 bachelor’s degrees, 1627 master’s degrees, 163 doctorates and 3 master’s degrees. Professor Achyuta Samanta praised the class of 2022 for their outstanding performance despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. “The University has always stood by the students in these difficult times, supporting them throughout their quest for academic excellence,” Professor Samanta mentioned in his message.

In his presidential address, Ashok Kumar Parija, Chancellor of KIIT-DU, said, “KIIT-DU contributes to India’s development by empowering its students, creating nation-building alumni and supporting the growth trajectory millions of Aboriginal students. . But what stands out is his gesture of mentorship and support, quite unparalleled in the annals of philanthropy in India”.

Prof. (Dr.) SK Acharya, Pro-Chancellor and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Vice-Chancellor also addressed the students.

Medals were awarded to 71 students for their outstanding academic performance. Three students were awarded Founder’s Gold Medals for outstanding performance in all fields and academically, while 34 students were awarded Chancellor’s Gold Medals and 30 students were awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Silver Medals. The Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal, Shri Krushna Chandra Panda Memorial Gold Medal, PK Bal Memorial Gold Medal and PPL Gold Medal were also awarded on this occasion. Teacher. JR Mohanty, Registrar offered the word of thanks.

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