Biju Patnaik University of Technology awards 32,000 degrees

The eighth convocation of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) saw awarding of 32,051 under-graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Delivering the convocation address, Director-General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Union Secretary to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Girish Sahni, said people-centric and nation-centric thrust to science, technology and societal pursuit have been the cornerstone of institutes like CSIR, BPUT and most other temples of learning.

“As institutes, we are driven by the dream of economic inclusiveness and empowerment of the people of India.”

He said position of global leadership cannot be achieved without trained human resources. While urging the young technocrats to have passion, perseverance, compassion and empathy, he said character built up on the foundation of moral and ethical values is the most important trait for success. He recalled the dictum ‘hire for character; train for skill.’

Odisha Governor and BPUT Chancellor S C Jamir said opportunities for engineers, computer professionals and other technocrats are abundant. He said education in engineering cultivates ability to solve problems and advances in engineering field have been central to human progress.

“We are now a fast growing economy. We face significant challenges of poverty alleviation, urban migration, climate change and other issues. Engineers will be needed to tackle these challenges.”

BPUT Vice-Chancellor S S Patnaik spoke about the university’s thrust on industry-academic integration, demand driven curriculum, transparent examination system, quality education and alternative platform of learning using social media. The convocation was marked by conferring Honorary DSc degree on Dr Sahni and Sam Pitroda in absentia.

A total of 28,036 degrees for 2015-16 in BArch, BPharm, BTech, MPharm, MSc, MTech, MBA, MCA, MArch and MBA(Part) along with 4,015 backlog degrees and three PhD degrees were given.

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