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IIT honour for Kakodkar

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As many as 1,385 students pass out at 43rd convocation


MUMBAI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay on Friday conferred honorary Doctor of Science degree on nuclear scientist and Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar at its 43rd convocation. As many as 1,385 students passed out, including 123 with doctoral and 845 with masters' degrees.

In his response, Dr. Kakodkar said that India, could dominate the world if its large number of youths had higher education. In view of a very large number of highly talented youth, India needed many more institutions such as the IIT.

Dr. Kakodkar called upon those who were passing out not to hesitate in treading uncharted course.

For instance, the country should not be deterred from developing thorium-based technologies because they did not exist elsewhere.

He stressed on research and education interface.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who was the chief guest, said that one of the first actions of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government was to stop routing contributions through the Bharat Siksha Kosh, which was seen by many as interfering with the autonomy of IITs.

The government had recently introduced the block grant scheme, which would restore financial autonomy of IITs.

``We have also reconstituted the Standing Committee of the Council of the IITs, where a number of important decisions have been taken in the recent past and the ministry has honoured these decisions."

Referring to the controversy regarding the entrance examination, Mr. Singh said: "It was put in place by the Council and the government exercised no pressure.' The changes were taking place according to the Council's will, he said.

Rahul Bajaj, chairman of the Board of Governors of the IIT, said only three Indian universities had found a place on the list of top 500 universities of the world.

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