President to award degrees at IIT-Patna today

| TNN | Oct 26, 2013, 04.48 AM IST
PATNA: President Pranab Mukherjee will on Saturday honour two students of IIT, Patna with gold medals, three with silver medals while 89 students will get BTech degrees at the second annual convocation to be held at Rabindra Bhawan here. The President, who will arrive here at 4.30pm on Saturday, will return to New Delhi at 6.05pm, according to chairman of the IITP, Ajai Chowdhry. Bihar governor D Y Patil and CM Nitish Kumar will be guests of honour on the occasion.

Chowdhry told mediapersons here that three PhD scholars would also be honoured by the President. He hoped the next academic session of the institute would be conducted at Bihta, 30km from here, on a campus spread over 500 acres. The new campus, having three schools - School of engineering and technology, School of basic sciences and School of humanities and social sciences - would have 10 departments and 747 students. According to Chowdhry, by 2022, the IIT Patna would have 5,360 students and 530 teachers.

The new campus would be eco friendly with paper less offices. About 200 workers are engaged in construction activities of the new campus which would be ready by January next year. IIT management would help develop the villages near the campus at Bihta and a campaign for clean environment in the villages would be launched by the teachers and students.

The IIT, which has trained the engineers of works department of Bihar government, would hold refresher courses for the engineers of other departments too under its outreach programme.

Anil K Bhowmick, director of the institute, said the IIT has established centres for energy and environment, and strategic materials and advanced system, to address issues in frontier areas of research. He claimed the placement of IITP graduates is 97 % and this year, even a third-year student has been selected for an annual package of Rs 18.5 lakh per annum.

Twenty BTech degree holders have agreed to set up their own companies. One of the students has developed a Braille mobile handset for blind people.

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