Convocation 2013 held at BITS Pilani

Padma Bhushan Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

August 06, 2013 9:49 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) held its convocation ceremony for the Class of 2013 for graduating students of the Pilani campus. Padma Bhushan Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and was joined by BITS Vice-Chancellor B.N. Jain, Director of Pilani campus, Prof. G Raghurama, members of Board of Governors, Smt. Manjushree Khaitan and Mr. Kris Ramachandran and BITS Pilani faculty, students and their families.
828 graduating students of first degree, 301 higher degree and 47 Ph.D. programmes were awarded degrees on the occasion. In addition, five illustrious alumni of BITS were conferred Distinguished Alumnus Awards. They were: Mr. Pankaj Patel (Exec VP, Cisco Systems) for Professional management of businesses, Mr. Rajesh Hukku (VP, Oracle) for Entrepreneurship. Prof. S. P. Kothari (Deputy Dean, Sloan School, (MIT) for Academic Teaching and/or Research. Mr. Ramesh Ramanathan (Founder, Janaagraha) for Public Life and Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Vijay Chandru (Founder, Strand Life Sciences) for Entrepreneurship.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest for the occasion, Padma Bhushan Dr. K Srinath Reddy, the President of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), said, “It is a proud privilege to be a part of this momentous occasion. You are fortunate to have had access to quality education at a prestigious institute such as this. Science and technology are powerful propellants of societal progress. However, science is sterile if it lacks social relevance. As you embark on diverse career paths, you must translate your potential to lead to the common destination of good global citizenship and continue to keep the BITS Pilani flag flying high.”
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor, BITS Pilani said, “Congratulations to all students on the completion of the first important leg of their journey through life. As the generation living in the age of limitless opportunities of today, you have a great responsibility of achieving your potential and successfully managing challenges that life throws at you. Knowledge and learning have an extremely short shelf life in an evolving world. You must learn to leverage the continuous learning opportunities available today and carve out your future on the long road ahead.”

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. B.N Jain, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani said, “BITS Pilani is ranked amongst the top 7 or 8 engineering institutions in India. That standing is mainly on account of its emphasis on excellence in teaching, its 7-month internship program through Practice School, and its focus on soft-skills development. Driven by our long-term vision to be among the top three research – led technical institutes by 2015, and be counted by 2020 amongst the leading technical universities in Asia, we are firmly committed to providing world-class quality education to our students
. One of the indicators of this will be our aspiration to grow the share of post-graduate and PhD students from the current 12% to 22 % by the year 2020 that will reinforce our focus on pursuing an agenda for research”.
Director of the Pilani campus, Prof. G. Raghurama said that both faculty and students of the Institute have brought accolades to the Institute during the year through their academic achievements.
Over the last decade, BITS Pilani has expanded to campuses in Hyderabad, Goa and Dubai, becoming the first Indian institute to have a campus outside India.

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