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News - 'Come back and teach at IIT', President tells IITians

At the 48th convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind who was the chief guest for the event told it was the "moral obligation" of the IIT - Delhi alumni to give back to the institute and "come back and teach" at IIT - either for a short or long duration.

Furthermore, Ram Nath Kovind also advised IITians to "adopt" a school for underprivileged children in order to aid its development.

According to reports, in the IIT Delhi convocation ceremony, in total 1,941 students received their degrees, of which 306 were PhD students.

Here's what IIT-Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao told :

"This is the first time IIT-Delhi has crossed the 300 mark in terms of the number of PhD students graduating during the convocation," IIT-Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao said PTI.

Experts from President's speech :

"Many of those who studied here in the past were fortunate to have their world-class education heavily subsidised by the tax payer. There is a moral obligation to pay back, and to help those less privileged - in whichever manner the individual prefers. It would be best if this process of paying back enriches education and scholarship at the grassroots of our society."

"The obligation is on IIT-Delhi authorities to involve and invite alumni, many of whom are well placed in other universities or in the industry, to come back and teach here - even if for short periods or for specific courses. If procedures need to be simplified to achieve this, then efforts must be made in that direction," President Kovind added.

Distinguished Alumni Award :

Furthermore, this year, the below mentioned 4 alumni were given the Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi
  • Managing Director and CEO of Vodafone India Sunil Sood
  • Professor Soumitra Dutta from Cornell University
  • Founder of Mission Holdings Saurabh Mittal

Kovind on adoption of underprivileged children :

"I would urge the IIT-Delhi authorities and community to adopt and partner a school for underprivileged children and see how they can contribute to its development and the capacity building of its pupils," Kovind told.

The IIT system in general - and IIT-Delhi specifically - was the "gold standard of technical education in our country" and the "brand ambassadors of India's intellectual and technological strength across the globe, from Singapore to Silicon Valley," Kovind also added.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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