Students of two batches of National Institute of Technology, Patna, would get their degrees at the convocation ceremony of the tech cradle this Sunday.
Mamata Pradhan, a 2012-batch student of electrical communication engineering, will get the gold medal for her year. Her senior from the computer science and engineering department V. Vijay Pandey would get the gold medal of the 2011 batch.
Besides them, 856 techies would get their graduation and postgraduation degrees at the event.
V.K. Aatrey, the former chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation and former scientific adviser to defence ministry, would be the chief guest while K.L. Chopra, the former director of IIT-Kharagpur would be the guest of honour.
NIT director Asok De said: “This is the second time that the institute is organising a convocation ceremony. The first convocation since Bihar Engineering College became NIT-Patna was held in 2010.”
Sources in the tech cradle said the institute could not host a convocation ceremony last year, as it did not have a permanent director. The director of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, P. Chakraborty was holding the additional charge of NIT-Patna.
This year, however, students would be given their degrees at a gala ceremony. They are naturally happy about the development, though some of them might have to give the event a miss because of professional commitments.
Mayank Tiwari, a 2012 passout who is now working with Alcatel-Lucent, New Delhi, said: “It is a great feeling that the institute is organising a convocation ceremony. I wanted to attend it but might not be able to as there is an important meeting at my office.”
Besides convocation, the tech institute has also initiated steps for recruitment to vacant posts of teachers. Director De said: “By mid-April, the institute will issue advertisement for 96 vacant posts.”