On the eve of its 45th Convocation on 1 November, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi offered 178 PhD, 935 postgraduate and 729 graduate degrees to its students. The degrees were awarded by famous Nobel Prize winner Physicist George F Smoot and he addressed the convocation for IIT.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has earlier asked the institute to co-ordinate for the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and according to the Director of IIT Delhi R K Shevgaonkar this would be a start in achieving the goal. The IIT-Delhi would collaborate with other IITs, NITs, other technical institutions and various NGOs who are working for rural development to acquire the goal projected by the Ministry of HRD. Shevgaonkar said, “Each IIT will adopt 10 villages in the neighborhood and suggest financially viable technological solutions to problems of sanitation, water, energy and housing.” Prior to this IIT Delhi has already helped building a micro-enterprise in a village in Jodhpur which has helped the habitants there and has provided income opportunities as well.
Though the number seems to be as large as 178, it has significantly dropped from previous years and the decline is constant for the last three years. The authorities believe the numbers would surge high in the coming two years and it would possibly get doubled in years to come.