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‘Metro Man’s tips for successful engineering career

  • Young Graduates exhorted to imbibe values.1491 students were awarded degrees in the 16th convocation of NITC.

  • Dr. E Sreedharan urges the fresh graduates to cultivate values of punctuality,integrity, professional competence and social commitment

CNM Education Reporter

Punctuality, Integrity, Professional Competence and a yearning to serve the Society are the virtues required for a successful engineering career, said Padma Vibhushan Dr. E. Sreedharan,the ‘metro man’ of India. He was addressing the graduands as chief guest at the 16 th
Convocation of NIT Calicut, conducted in the online mode, on Saturday. Dr. Sreedharan added that his 67 years of professional life taught him that mere technical knowledge will not make a person a responsible and useful Engineer. “Your technical brilliance must be matched with a passion for good values, a majestic character combined with a spirit of service”, he said.

According to him, the main reason why India could not emerge as a developed nation even after 73 years of independence is the steep decline in values and principles for which this country was very famous for till a few hundred years back.

Dr. Sreedharan emphasized that it is only the Engineers and Scientists who can steer the country to face the challenges we are facing now. He exhorted the young graduates to make the knowledge they have gained available and useful to the society and nation. He continued, “Your professional success will not be measured in terms of the high positions you occupy nor the compensation packages you get nor indeed the wealth you create for yourself. Your professional success will be measured by what changes you are able to make to improve the standard and quality of life of your fellow citizens”.
Dr. Sreedharan told the young engineers that “the most important responsibility that you face as an Engineer would be to protect the environment”. This is very much significant as we find that out of the 20 polluted cities of the world, 12 are in India. Engineers and  Scientists owe a responsibility to society and to the entire nation to preserve the environment and they need to stand firmly against environmental degradation.
Dr. Sreedharan also congratulated NIT Calicut for significantly improving its position in the national ranking.
GajjalaYoganand, Chairman, Board of Governors of NIT Calicut, addressing the graduands,observed that students play a significant role in building nation and it is important to encourage students to be bold, courageous, innovative and proactive. He called upon the outgoing graduates not to look for a comfort zone. Instead, he urged them to find a purpose, live in dreams, set goals and conquer objectives. “Prove to the world that you are capable of providing
the best solutions using your knowledge and hard work”, he exhorted the graduands.
Earlier, Dr. P. S. Sathidevi, Director-in-Charge, presenting the annual report highlighted the achievements of the Institute in the academic year 2019-20. The institute improved its NIRF ranking at the national level to 23 under the Engineering stream in 2020, from a rank of 28 in 2019. The rank in the Architecture stream was maintained at 3, in 2019 and 2020. Moreover,NITC secured 8 th rank (the only NIT among the Top 10) in the category of Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities & CFTIs in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 by Govt. of India. The Institute Innovation Council (IIC) of NIT
Calicut was given a 5 – Star Rating in the evaluation done by the Innovation Council of Govt. of India and AICTE for the activities during 2019 – 2020, securing a score of 95.833 out of 100.
The graduands of this year obtained 647 placement offers through the Department of Training and Placement and the maximum salary offered was Rs. 49.75 lakhs per annum. A substantial number of the young graduands from UG, PG and Ph.D programmes have also opted for higher studies/ Post doctoral Programmes in India and abroad.
During the academic year, the Institute played a lead role in developing innovative solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, through its in-house research and innovation. A low cost ‘Artificial Respirator’ with exhaled air disinfector was developed and the same was transferred for commercialisation through Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The Institute has also developed an aerosol box, based on specific requirements proposed by Govt. Medical
College Kozhikode and distributed many units to Government hospitals. The Institute has also developed 3D Printed Reusable PLA Face Shields and N95 Masks for use during the time of the pandemic. The Institute developed a nasal air filter, and fabricated UV disinfection chambers and automatic Baggage Sanitization Machine, for disinfecting files and baggage respectively.
M/s. Iris Alternative Solutions, an incubatee of TBI, NIT Calicut developed a foot operated hand & face wash system named and marketed as “Iris Lowt”. Sponsored research projects worth 7 crores were sanctioned to the Institute by funding agencies like DST-SERB, KSCSTE, etc. during 2019-20. The Institute also earned 1 crore in revenue through consultancy activities,informed Dr. Sathidevi.
The convocation, conducted online due to the COVID 19 induced restrictions, saw a total of 1491 graduates receiving their degrees. This included 866 B.Tech., 46 B.Arch., 353 M.Tech., 10
M. Plan., 42 MCA, 35 MBA, 50 M.Sc., and 89 Ph.D degrees. The Institute has been taking all efforts to ensure that its students are least affected by the impact of the pandemic.
T Bharath Bhushan Reddy of the Computer Science and Engineering branch secured the highest CGPA (9.59/10) among all the outgoing B.Tech students of the Institute. He was awarded the ‘Bapana Gold Medal’ and ‘Dr. Allesu Kanjirathingal memorial award’.
Among the M.Tech students, Jijy Renj C. F. from the ‘Thermal Sciences’ stream of Mechanical Engineering and Pavithra T from the ‘Industrial Power and Automation’ stream of Electrical Engineering bagged the Bapana Gold Medal with CGPA of 10 out 10.
Registrar of the institute Lt. Col. (Rtd.) Pankajakshan K, Dean (Academic) Dr. Saly George and the Heads of various departments administered the convocation ceremony in the virtual mode.

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