IIT Delhi hosted its 51st Annual Convocation Ceremony on November 7, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the students through video conferencing. The institute conferred degrees to 2019 graduating students including Ph.D, M.Tech, Masters of Design, MBA and B.Tech students. Every third person among the 298 PhD students graduating this year is a woman, director V Ramgopal Rao hailed as an important milestone for gender diversity on the campus.
The Convocation was held in a hybrid mode with a physical in-person ceremony with limited attendance. An online webcast was commenced for all graduating students, distinguished alumni and invited guests to join virtually. The institute awarded the President’s Gold Medal, Director’s Gold Medal, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal, Perfect Ten Gold Medals, and Institute Silver Medals to the graduating students.
At the 51st Convocation, IIT Delhi also felicitated its esteemed alumni with Alumni Awards 2020. Five IIT Delhi alums received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ and one alumnus received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Service Award’.
The Institute also announced a new Alumni Award i.e. ‘Graduates of Last Decade (GOLD) Award’ from this year onwards.
On the occasion of the Convocation, eVIDYA@IITD (ई-विद्या@IITD)- Enabling Virtual & Interactive-learning for Driving Youth Advancement was launched by the Union Education Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. Under this initiative, online certificate programmes will be offered by IIT Delhi in different domains of Engineering, Technology, Science, Humanities and Management for the Indian as well as international participants. eVIDYA @IITD will cater to the needs of the Industry, Society and Individual Participants.
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre were also present on the occasion as Guests of Honour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech mentioned “It is important that one keeps challenging oneself and continues to learn each day. It is also important that you treat yourself as a student for life. Never think that what you know is enough”.
Hon’ble President of India and Visitor, IIT Delhi, Shri Ram Nath Kovind appointed Dr. R. Chidambaram, former Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to GoI as the Chairperson, Board of Governors (BoG), IIT Delhi (additional charge). Dr. R. Chidambaram is also the Chairperson, BoG, IIT Jodhpur.