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BITS Pilani Goa holds convocation ceremony

BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus held its convocation ceremony 2014 on August 3. Chief Guest on the occasion was renowned academician and scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar. Six hundred and seventy students were eligible to receive their degrees, out of which 422 received their first degree, 178 of them dual degree under the dual degree scheme, 59 of them their higher degree and 11 of them their PhD degree. Namita Paul, Bapat Shounak Vinayak and Rahul Ameya Ravindra were awarded the gold, silver and bronze medal, respectively.
In his convocation address, Mashelkar emphasised on the need for education in today’s society, how Institutes of higher learning in India should bring education to world class standards and should focus on Right to Education, Right Education and Education for all. He talked about massive Expansion, Inclusion and Excellence, the tripod on which we should move on in the education sector. He also appreciated the tireless efforts put forth by BITS Pilani.
Presenting the Convocation Report 2014, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani B N Jain reaffirmed the long-term vision to be listed as one of India’s top 3 research-led technical Institutes by the academic year 2015-16. The Vice Chancellor also talked about big-ticket imperatives as part of BITS Pilani’s “Mission 2015”, such as faculty and staff development, industry engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship, internalisation, inter-disciplinary research, technology enablement and quality assessment and assurance.
Chancellor Kumar Mangalam Birla in his message congratulated the graduating students and their parents and told them to keep a few key points in mind. He talked about the need for continuous learning and picking up unprecedented opportunities and not letting them slide by, about giving back to society and maintaining one’s character and practicing the values of honesty, integrity and compassion, and about giving back to one’s alma mater.
Director of the Goa campus K E Raman gave a detailed report specific for the Goa campus which highlighted the achievements of its faculty and students. He also spoke about the active entrepreneurial cell on campus and its ongoing collaborations. Radhika Vathsan concluded with the vote of thanks.

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