IIT-Madras convocation held online, over 2,300 degrees awarded – education
For the first time in its history, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras held its call online on Sunday and more than 2,300 degrees were awarded.
The highlight of the 57th call was the use of ‘mixed reality’ technology that gave the event a touch of reality.
Professor David J. Gross, Nobel laureate and chairman of the Chancellor of Theoretical Physics of the University of California, who was the main guest, said that for graduate students it was the beginning of the application of the knowledge they acquired during their study.
Pawan Goenka, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Madras and CEO of Mahindra and Mahindra, chaired.
“COVID-19 has accelerated the rate of technology adoption in all walks of life. Changes that would have taken between 5 and 6 years have taken place in about 3 or 4 months, ”Goenka said.
IIT Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, who awarded degrees to graduate students, said classes were completed on time due to the “heroic efforts” of teachers and students.
During the year, 191 patents were registered, of which 62 were international, and the institute received 58, he said.
A total of 2,346 degrees were awarded to 1,909 students in absentia.
Mixed reality creates visualizations by combining real and virtual worlds.
For example, one student, Rajat Vadiraj Dwaraknath, who took home three awards, including the President of India’s gold medal, appeared to have personally received the medal, although it was only a projection that looked real.