Students who were not physically present at the convocation received digital degrees through 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 lauded the role of the institute in contributing to 5G technology. He presented medals to two meritorious students who were present at the convocation ceremony.
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He quoted Swami Vivekananda as giving a message to the students: “Every nation has a destiny to deliver a message, to fulfill a mission, to reach out.”
The Prime Minister said, “When you came to IIT-Kanpur, you may have had ‘unknown fear’ in your mind. Also, your knowledge base was limited. IIT-Kanpur has given you a big canvas. Now, you don’t have ‘unknown fear’. Your personality has evolved.” Yes. You have gained a lot of experience. Your ideas have spread. You must have felt the change in you since you came here to study. Wherever you go, add value. Your knowledge and skills will benefit you in the practical world. Should benefit the society.
He further told the students that the country was celebrating its 75th year of independence and for the next 25 years, it was time to work to make the country dynamic. He told the students that this was the golden age of their lives.
He also lauded the IIT-Kanpur-Incubated Company, which had built and installed the world’s first floating CNG station at Khidkia Ghat in Varanasi using innovative self-adjusting fixed type jetty technology. Also, praising the contribution of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country, he said that India has emerged as a mega start-up hub globally and this has been achieved with the help of IIT students.
Appreciating the contribution of IIT-Kanpur in the development of technology, he said that the students present at the event made it possible. He further added that IIT Kanpur’s 5G technology initiatives are now globally recognized.
The Prime Minister counted on the use of technology in various domains such as energy and climate solutions, high technology infrastructure, health infrastructure, disaster management and highlighted the importance and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).
“You (students) have a huge responsibility to make India better and better,” he said. He added that “we have also launched projects like Startup India, Stand Up India, National Education Policy (NEP) to prepare for the future.”
He added that more than 10,000 startups have come into existence in the last six months and India has the second highest number of startups in the world. “We’re a startup,” he said as he received applause from students. “I want to assure you that the government is with you.”
He said, “This is a day of double joy for the people of Kanpur. On the one hand, you are getting the gift of Metro, on the other hand, the world of technology today will get meritorious students who have passed from IIT-Kanpur. I congratulate you and all of your parents and teachers. They have worked hard for you. Their contribution to your life has allowed you to see this day. I congratulate all of you. ”
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “We all know that the country’s technical institutions play an important role in providing quality education. And in particular, with the foresight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, IITs have been accorded the status of institutes of indigenous technology. The country has implemented the new National Education Policy 2020 to fulfill the dream of a “self-reliant India”.
“The state government has collaborated with IIT-Kanpur on a number of projects such as becoming a technical partner in the defense manufacturing corridor and setting up a Center of Excellence in AI. Now, the state government has approved the addition of a super-specialty hospital for an upcoming School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT), which will enrich the state’s healthcare system, ”he added.
Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “IIT-Kanpur has been a major contributor to all the pillars of the nation’s development, be it national or grassroots. Students who have played an important role alongside the guiding faculty. On behalf of the Institute, I would like to congratulate all the students who have received 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 people who will contribute to the greater good of the society and the nation. ”
After the official inaugural session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a courtesy call on the students to meet and talk to them in person. The students were stunned by the surprise visit and conversation. One student shouted, “We were happy to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi there all of a sudden. Not only did his presence and his words inspire us, our convocation made the day memorable for the rest of our lives. ”
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