VASCO (GOA): BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus hosted the 80th and 81st Award Convocation 2017 at its Campus in Zuarinagar on Sunday, August 13. The top three students from the Bachelor’s degree programmes received their medals at the hands of chief guest and renowned historian, Dr. Ramachandra Guha. Dr. Guha awarded Gold medal to Talluri Varsheeth, Silver medal to Ayush Sharma and Bronze medal to Sudeep Mishra. This year, 625 students received their degrees, of which 21 were PhDs.
Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya, vice-chancellor, BITS Pilani, prof. G, Raghurama, director of BITS Goa campus, prof. S C Sivasubramanian, registrar, BITS Pilani, members of the senate, faculty members of Goa campus and other distinguished guests, along with the graduating students and their family members were present on the occasion.
In his convocation address, Dr. Guha highlighted the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity as the hall mark of our nation. He also pointed out that the greatness of India has emanated from our civilizational depth and the rich tradition of democracy.
In his message to the students, Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, chancellor of BITS Pilani, urged the graduating students to be innovative and disruptive for being creative. He pointed out that disruption displaces an existing market, industry or technology and creates something new, more efficient and worthwhile.
Prof. Bhattacharyya, presented an overview of the university’s accomplishments, and in particular, highlighted its pioneering role in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. Prof. Raghurama gave a detailed report of BITS Pilani Goa Campus, offering a comprehensive overview of the advances in research, new initiatives and collaborations of the Institute. Prof. Neena Goveas, Convener of Convocation 2017, concluded the ceremony with the Vote of Thanks.