“Guru is always inspirational and irreplaceable. Now a days, even the most sought after search engine on the internet ‘Google’ can never replace a guru (teacher). Though Google is intelligent and can be useful in so many ways, however Guru is the most precious source of inspiration for all of us,” said Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu in his address during the KIIT University’s 13th Annual Convocation Ceremony held in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Stressing on 3Ms and 1G, he said the students should never forget four things – Mother, Mother-tongue, Motherland and Guru (teacher).
The Vice President also appreciated Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS, for his splendid work. In a surprise, speaking in Odia, he said he loves Odisha as this is the land of Lord Jagannath.
Gracing the Convocation as the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Governor of Odisha, Dr. S.C. Jamir remarked this Convocation as \ the milestone day. Advising the students he said, “You need optimism and perseverance for your future. Just be true to yourself and well prepared for the unpredictable future, because opportunity will never knock your door if you are under prepared.
As many as 4,820 students received degrees during the annual convocation of which 3678 students receive the Bachelors degree, 837 students Masters, 240 students Dual Degree while 62 students received their PhD Degree. Gold and Silver Medals also were awarded to the meritorious students in different fields.
Chairman Emeritus, Simplex Infrastructures Ltd. Dr. Bithal Das Mundhra, Bhartia Charitable Trust Chairman Kishanlal Agarwal and eminent sculptor and Padma Vibhushan awardee Guru Dr. Raghunath Mohapatra were honoured with the D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) degrees.