Sep 02, 2023

1906 students receive degrees at the 19th Convocation

Prof. Sitharam urges graduates to focus on innovation, knowledge updation and research to contribute to economic growth


India aspires to become a 5-trillion economy in the near future, and in this journey, research and development (R&D) is the backbone of a globally competitive, knowledge-driven economy, said Prof. T G Sitharam, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Addressing the graduates of the National Institute of Technology Calicut, during the 19th Convocation ceremony of the Institute, on Saturday, he also stressed the significance of innovation.

 At the heart of India’s push for self-reliance lies a vision to reduce dependence on imports and establish domestic manufacturing capabilities, said Prof. Sitharam referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to establish the country as a key partner in the global economy. “To reach this mark, it needs to evolve systems and mechanisms to convert the present demographic dividend into high quality technical human resource, capable of cutting-edge research and innovation, and deep-tech entrepreneurship. Promoting Innovation through R&D should help to develop new products and services that drive growth, create jobs, and improve the national welfare,” he said.

 He also stressed the importance of updating knowledge and skills continuously to exist and emerge in the digital era where many jobs are vanishing and many new jobs are being introduced. 

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India to Viswaguru by 2047, Sri. Gajjala Yoganand, Chairperson, Board of Governors of NITC, called upon the graduating students to give top priority to the nation's progress. He also urged them that their organization should be given the second priority and their individual interests should come last. 

 “It is a great achievement for us that we are the only NIT that has succeeded in finding a place in the first ten positions in the national Innovation Ranking,” he said referring to the 8th rank of NITC in Innovation. 

The institute is set to become a Multi-disciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) by falling in line with the National Education Policy- 2020 and National Innovation and Start-up Policy-2019, said Sri. Gajjala Yoganand. Holistic wellbeing of our students is our aim and we aspire to achieve greater heights, he added.

 Technology is the biggest disrupter of our times, and it changes the way society behaves, thinks, and interacts, said Mr. Sebi Joseph, President of OTIS India and an alumnus of NIT Calicut. It also changes the way businesses or industries operate; he pointed out.

“Now, leadership means technology leadership and success will depend on the ability of the team to accelerate and master change in all parts of their business which in turn will be a direct function of how they leverage technology, " said Mr. Sebi Joseph. Companies know, the best way to predict the future is to invent it, he added.

Prof. Prasad Krishna, Director, presenting the annual report, highlighted the achievements of the Institute in the academic year 2022-23. According to Prof. Prasad, NIT Calicut is the first Institute in the country among all IITs and NITs to scrap the common first-year engineering curriculum for all branches of studies which was followed for decades. This will help the student to familiarise themselves with the new industry landscape arising out of Industry 4.0 sufficiently early and focus on projects and internships from second year onwards, he added.

He also mentioned the achievements of the institute in terms of ranking. “NIT Calicut retained its second position in the ranking of Architecture stream in NIRF for the third consecutive year, " he said. The efforts of the institute to shape future professionals in the field of Architecture and Planning have resulted in retaining its position in the NIRF assessment, he said adding “We are the only NIT to obtain a rank within the first ten positions”.

“In the Engineering stream, NIT Calicut obtained the All India 23rd rank by improving eight positions from last year’s 31. We have improved significantly in all the ranking parameters, which include innovations, research, consultancy, teaching, learning and graduate outcome,” he added.



An all-time high of 1906 graduands were awarded their degrees during the convocation, which included 1159 B.Tech., 47 B.Arch., 440 M.Tech., 15 M.Plan., 53 MCA, 41 MBA, 61 M.Sc., and 90 PhD degrees. Mr. Kallupalli Sai Mineesh Reddy from the Computer Science and Engineering branch secured the highest CGPA (9.83/10) among all the outgoing B.Tech students of the Institute. He was awarded the ‘Er. M L Bapna Gold Medal’, ‘Prof. Allesu Kanjirathinkal Memorial Award’ and ‘Vikram Sarabhai Ever Rolling Trophy’.

Among the PG students, Mr. Desai Pravin Kishor from the M.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering in Signal Processing bagged the ‘Bapna Gold Medal’ with an outstanding CGPA of 10 out of 10. 


Toppers of the 10 B.Tech, B.Arc, 25 M.Tech, M.Plan, 3 M.Sc., MCA and MBA programmes of the Institute were also awarded Gold Medals for their outstanding performance in their respective specializations. 

Prof. Sameer S. M, Dean (Academic), Prof. Rajanikant, Dean (Students’ Welfare) and Registrar-in-Charge, other deans and heads of various departments administered the convocation ceremony.


Prof. T G Sitharam, Chairman, AICTE, addressing the graduates at the 19th Convocation of NITC.


Prof. Prasad Krishna, Director of NITC, Prof. T G Sitharam, Chairman AICTE and MR. Sebi Joseph, President of OTIS India arriving at the Convocation venue. 


Fresh Graduands enjoying the moments before convocation.



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