Kanpur, December 27, 2021: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has prioritized the safety of the attendees by conducting various health check-ups ahead of the 54th convocation to be held in hybrid mode on December 28, 2021. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend this program as Chief Guest, while Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt. Anandiben Patel and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will be special guests. IIT Kanpur will host the convocation physically after a year as it was conducted in virtual mode last year. Continuing its relentless efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic in India, IIT Kanpur has left no stone unturned for the safety of students, dignitaries and guests attending the convocation. The institute has made arrangements to conduct RT-PCR test of all the attendees a day before the convocation. There will also be a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) once again on the day of the convocation before the gates for the venue are opened. This will be the first time in India where the convocation will be held inside the Bio-Bubble.
IIT Kanpur Deputy Director Prof. S Ganesh said, “With great happiness comes great responsibility. As we go about celebrating the 54th Convocation in hybrid mode in the presence of the esteemed invited dignitaries, it is our duty to ensure the safety of all. Hence, in view of the ever-changing scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking extra precautions inside the campus. First tests are to be done to check the health of all the people who physically attend the programme. This is to ensure utmost safety for all the attendees so as not to hamper the joy of the occasion.
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A bio-bubble is a concept that has recently been developed in the field of sports, particularly cricket, where a bio-secure environment is created to reduce the risk of contamination from the novel coronavirus. Although the concept has now spread to many areas, this is probably the first time that a higher educational institution has adopted such measures for its convocation. This is in line with the vision of IIT Kanpur to ensure holistic welfare and safety for all.
A total of 1723 students will receive degrees and 80 awards and medals will be presented on this occasion. In the second session of the convocation, 21 students will also be awarded the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award. In addition, three eminent persons, Prof. Rohini M. Godbole, Senapati ‘Chris’ Gopalakrishnan, and Pt. Ajay Chakraborty will be given honorary doctorates.
About IIT Kanpur:
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur is one of the premier institutes established by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was recognized by the U.S.A. in establishing its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. Assistance was provided by nine major institutions of the With its record of pioneering innovations and cutting edge research, the institute is known worldwide as a learning center of repute in engineering, science and many interdisciplinary fields. Apart from formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of importance to both industry and government. For more details visit www.iitk.ac.in.
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