The students, who were not physically present during the convocation ceremony, received digital degrees through an in-house blockchain-driven technology developed at the institute under the National Blockchain Project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded IIT-Kanpur for developing blockchain- based degree transfer technology and also the institute’s role in contributing to 5G technology. He gave away medals to two meritorious students, who were physically present during the convocation function.
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He quoted Swami Vivekananda to give a message to the students: “Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach.”
The PM said, “When you had come to IIT-Kanpur, you may have had a ‘fear of unknown’ in your mind. Also, your knowledge base was limited. IIT-Kanpur provided you with a large canvas. Now, you do not have ‘fear of unknown’. Your personality stands developed. You have gained a lot of experience. Your ideas have expanded. You must be feeling a change in you now from the time when you had come here to study. Wherever you will go, you will do value addition. Your knowledge and skill will benefit you in the practical world. Your ideas should benefit the country and society.”
He further told the students that the country is celebrating 75th year of Independence and work has to be done to give momentum to the country for the next 25 years. He told students that this was their golden era in life.
He also lauded IIT-Kanpur-incubated company, which has developed and set up the world’s first floating CNG station at Khidkiya Ghat in Varanasi using novel self-adjusting fixed type jetty technology. Also, praising the contribution of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country, he said that India has emerged as a mega start-up hub on a global basis and this has been achieved with the help of the students from IITs.
Lauding IIT-Kanpur’s contribution towards developing technology developments, he said that the students present at the event have made this possible. He also added that IIT Kanpur’s 5G technology initiatives are now recognized globally.
The PM counted upon the use of technology in various domains such as energy and climate solution, high-tech infrastructure, health infrastructure, disaster management and also highlighted the importance and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IOT).
He said, “You (students) have got a huge responsibility of making ‘Bharat’ advanced and developed.” He added that “We have also launched schemes such as Startup India, Stand Up India, National Education Policy (NEP) to prepare for the future.”
He also said that over 10,000 startups came into existence in the last six months and that India is second in the world to launch maximum startups. “We have become a startup,” he said while receiving applause from the students. “I want to assure you that the government is with you.”
He said, “It is a day of double delight for Kanpur people. On one hand, you are getting a gift of Metro and on the other hand, the world of technology would get talented students passing out of IIT-Kanpur today. I congratulate you all and your parents and teachers. They have worked hard for you. Their contribution in your life has made you see this day. I congratulate you all.”
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “We all know that the technical institutions of the country play a vital role in providing quality-driven education. And especially, with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IITs have been given the status of institute of indigenous technology. The country has implemented the new National Education Policy 2020 to fulfil the vision of a “self-reliant India”.
“The state government has contributed mutually with IIT-Kanpur on several projects such as being a technical partner in the Defence Manufacturing Corridor and setting up the Centre of Excellence in the field of AI. Now, the state government has also given approval for an upcoming School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT) paired with a super-speciality hospital, which would enrich the health system of the state,” he added.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “IIT-Kanpur has been contributing largely to all pillars of development of the nation, be it in the national or in the grass root level, and in that relentless journey, it is the students who have played a vital role along with the guiding faculties. On behalf of the institute, I congratulate all the students receiving their degrees and the awardees.”
Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT-Kanpur said, “IIT Kanpur’s vision is not only to produce skilled graduates but also better human beings who would contribute to the greater good of the society and the nation at large. “
After the formal inaugural session, PM Narendra Modi made an impromptu visit to the lecture hall to visit the students and interact with them personally. The students were taken aback with the sudden visit and the interaction. One student exclaimed, “We were overjoyed seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji there suddenly. His presence and his words not only encouraged us, but also made our convocation day a memorable one for the rest of our life.”