8123 students get degrees in annual convocation of KIIT

BHUBANESWAR: As many as 8,123 students received degrees at the 18th annual convocation of KIIT deemed to be university organised here on Saturday. These include 6,330 bachelors, 1627 masters, 163 PhD and three MPhil degrees. Medals were awarded to 71 students for their academic performances.
While addressing the students, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said knowledge is recognised as a key resource for achieving economic growth and social development. Wishing the graduates a bright future, he expressed confidence that they would make their mark in society with their ideas and innovations.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Nobel laureate, while delivering her convocation address virtually, urged the graduates to do something for those who are less privileged than them, even as they pursue their professional career. John Desmond Forbes Anderson (Lord Waverley), member of British Parliament, UK, also spoke in the ceremony.
KIIT conferred Honoris Causa DLitt degrees upon six eminent persons from across the world including Himanshu Gulati, member of Parliament, Norway, Bishow Parajuli, representative and country director, WFP India, Andreas Jahn, senior foreign policy advisor and Germany, Deepa Malik, president of Paralympic Committee of India.
Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT, congratulated the batch of 2022 for their outstanding performance despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Among others, KIIT chancellor Ashok Kumar Parija, pro-chancellor Dr SK Acharya and vice-chancellor Sasmita Samanta also addressed the gathering.