Kharagpur: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Friday graced and addressed the 64th annual convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in West Bengal.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that IIT Kharagpur has its origins in a committee that was set up by the government shortly after Independence to take stock of technical education.
The committee, which was headed by the British Nobel laureate Dr A.V. Hill had recommended setting up of an institution in the line of MIT in the United States. Over the years, IIT Kharagpur and in fact the IIT network and community has become an important window to the world.
Exchange of ideas, expertise, knowledge – across fields, from engineering to economics, from medicine to management – has contributed to our policy choices and our people’s development. We must continue to celebrate this, the President said.
Kovind further said that IIT Kharagpur’s diverse and trans-disciplinary academic portfolio has led to joint research programmes with several institutions. With its wealth of knowledge, it is for IIT Kharagpur to continue to guide the nation by helping find solutions to the pressing problems of our age – whether agricultural productivity or emerging infectious diseases, whether renewable energy or low-cost housing and sustainable cities.
He also pointed out that IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, to set up a Centre for Excellence in Big Data Analytics for Rural Development.
On the occasion, the President unveiled the foundation stone for the Savitribai Phule Girls’ Hostel and the APJ Abdul Kalam Internatinal Visitors’s Guest House in the IIT premises.