Chennai: After several hiccups, Anna University’s 37th annual convocation was conducted today at the university’s premises with the participation of Governor of Tamilnadu and Chancellor of the University, Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
The programme started half-an-hour late due to a protest by a students group, later identified as belonging to the RSYF, before the Governor’s arrival.
Distinguished scientist and director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, Mylswamy Annadurai, was the chief guest for the event.
During his convocation address, he said, “Anna University has set remarkably high standards in teaching and training. It is heartening to note that this university has provided some of the finest engineers and some prominent colleagues at ISRO. I congratulate all the students who have successfully completed their studies. When you go out of the campus, you begin a long journey. Today, our country needs trained man power and I am sure this university’s students will fulfil that need.”
State Higher Education Minister and Pro-Chancellor of the university, K P Anbalagan, said, “Anna University has been ranked sixth among universities in the country. In addition, it has obtained 293rd rank among universities in the world. We are one of the few universities adopting single window counselling system for admissions, enabling lakhs of students get admissions.”
A total of 2,01,244 candidates belonging to eight departments got their degrees, of which 64 students bagged gold medal.
In the Civil Engineering department, 22,648 candidates got their degrees which includes 83 Ph.Ds and four MS/ M.Tech degrees.
In the Mechanical Engineering department, 48,502 students received their degrees of which 210 were Ph.Ds and four are MS / M.Tech researchers.
The Electrical department produced 25,694 graduate engineers, while 168 got their Ph.Ds and three, their MS / M.Tech degrees. In the IT department, 87,878 students received their degrees, which included the highest number of Ph.Ds – 580 – and eight were MS / M.Tech researchers.
In Technology department, 3,780 students received their degrees of which 68 were Ph.Ds and 12 were MS / M.Tech researchers.
The Architecture and Planning department produced 980 graduates and one Ph.D candidate.
The Science and Humanities department saw 1,036 students receive their degrees of which 330 were Ph.Ds.
In Management Sciences department, 10,726 students received their degrees of which 67 were Ph.Ds. Vidyasagar Rao handed over the medals to the winners.