The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay on 25th February 2017, awarded degrees to 158 students at its 55th Interim Convocation. Out of 179 degrees awarded, 110 were PhD, 27 were E-MBA and 42 were Dual Degrees which were awarded to 21 students . The ceremony was presided by Mr. Dilip Shanghvi, Chairman of Board of Governors and Prof. Devang V. Khakhar, Director among others. For the joint E-MBA degrees,the felicitation was conferred by Prof. Mark Taylor, Dean, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.
On the occasion, Chairman of Board of Governors, IIT Bombay Mr. Dilip Shanghvi referred each passing out student to be, as ‘The Ambassador of IIT Bombay’. He added that one of the most influential factors for IIT Bombay being the first choice among large mass of quality students entering the campus had been the importance given to the publicity of good learning experiences and opportunities of alumni, which they had during their journey here at the Institute. The Institute has seen a steady increase in the number of PhD students with only 771 PhD scholars on roll in the academic year 2001-02, whereas it has drastically increased to 2894 in 2015-16.
While conferring the degrees upon the first batch of Executive MBA students, Dean of Olin Business School in Washington University in St. Louis Prof. Mark Taylor expressed his gratitude towards this partnership and stressed upon the importance it has for the future research and development. “I urge all the graduating students to think globally and apply their skills. This is an interesting time in the world when usual rules do not apply. Hence, a flexible approach is required. A student's objective should be to remake the world. ” he added.
The ceremony was a great success as it was attended by the friends and family members of the graduating students. Congratulating the graduating students, Prof. Devang Khakhar said that, “The education that you get at IIT Bombay is comparable to the best in the world. These are exciting times as there is immense opportunity across sectors as everyone is understanding the need of research activities. Let the motto of IITB be your guiding light. Though you will be leaving the Institute today, you all as alumni of the Institute are important stakeholders and we intend to maintain strong ties with all of you.”