The Institute Valedictory Function took place on the 26 of April. The last event in the life of any graduating student, it was indeed a time of mixed emotions for everyone. The event was held at LT-PCSA and we had Prof Viral Acharya, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India as the chief guest. A world-renowned economist, Prof. Acharya is a President of India Gold Medallist awardee of IIT Bombay. He is also the recipient of Young Alumnus Achiever Award from the Institute.
Prof Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, Prof Soumyo Mukherjee, Dean SA, and Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean ACR, were also among the dignitaries. The program was introduced by Prof Soumyo Mukherjee, Dean SA, who congratulated the students for completing the tough journey of graduation.
Prof Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, and Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean ACR, also addressed the audience during the event. The respective representatives also shared their memories of their institute life. Mr Sarthak Jain, UG Representative, gave a heartfelt graduating speech. Ms Abhisha, M.Tech Representative, also shared her experiences at IIT. Ms Nanditha Rao, PhD Representative, threw light upon the life and journey of PhD students in the institute.
The chief guest, Prof Viral Acharya, also spoke to the audience in the valedictory address, telling them about the pointers which he considered important in his life. He emphasised the importance of being ready for unexpected opportunities. He quoted various examples from life and stressed on how one should always think of innovating and improving oneself. He also shared some of his life experiences in this inspiring speech.
The gathering was also addressed by Ms Damayanti Bhattacharya, CEO, IITB Alumni Association throwing light on the activities of the Alumni Association. The proceedings also included the ceremonial transfer of the student list from Prof Soumyo Mukherjee, Dean SA to the alumni list with Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean ACR.
The Outstanding Contribution Awards were also given out to felicitate the members of the student alumni relations cell who have contributed substantially to the institute as members of Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations) Office. The list of awardees is as follows:
The valedictory function thus ended with the last adieu to the graduating batch of 2017. A total of 2364 students are likely to graduate this year out of which 629 are B.Tech students and 365 PhD and the rest from the different Post Graduate disciplines. This is most likely to be the highest number of graduating students at a time over the years.