NITK to award highest number of PhDs this year



MANGALURU: For the first time in the history of NITK, Surathkal, the institute will award a total of 126 PhD degrees at the 20th annual convocation, scheduled for October 15.
Vidya Shetty K, dean, (academics), NITK, Surathkal told reporters on Thursday that the highest number of PhD degrees will be awarded during convocation this year. Minister of education Dharmendra Pradhan will be the chief guest. “The number of PhD degrees to be awarded has increased to 126 this year from 120 given last year. For the first time, NITK is also conferring B.Tech (Honors) degree during convocation, “ she said.
Nine B.Tech students and 30 postgraduate students will be receiving the institute’s gold medals and medals sponsored by various agencies during the convocation for securing the highest CGPA. In total, 1787 candidates will graduate, which includes 126 PhD, 817 PG, and 844 B.Tech students. As many as 249 B.Tech students will also be conferred minors in other disciplines along with their B.Tech degree.
Yajnanarayana, an alumnus of NITK Surathkal 1973 batch and managing director, Sona Group of Industries, Bengaluru, and Milind Baride, an alumnus of NITK Surathkal 1981 batch and vice president, India Region, Maire Tecnimont, Italy will be the guests of honour.
Inauguration: During his visit, union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also inaugurate the newly constructed ‘Central Research Facility (CRF) and School of Interdisciplinary Studies [CoEs] building’, built at the cost of Rs 48 crore and lay the foundation stone for the construction of lecture hall complex in Block-D. it will come up at a cost of Rs 54.76 crore, said Narendranath S, dean of student affairs, NITK, Surathkal.