New Delhi, September 15: Presint Pranab Mukherjee attended the Thirteenth Convocation Ceremony of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (NIT) as the chief guest today.
Addressing the gathering he said in his speech,"You, as graduates of this Institute, have the responsibility for ushering in societal transformation using the knowledge of science and technology which you have acquired."
"I would also like to thank the management for inviting me to this Institute named after M. Visvesvaraya, an eminent engineer, planner and statesman of our country," he added.
He called upon students of the institute to utilise the power of education, science and technology in the right direction to bring positive transformation in society.
While remembering M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary, the President quoted his philosophy on technical education. He had said, "No great improvement can be affected without definite ideals and organizations. "Investigate, educate, organize" should be our watchwords if we are to quicken the life pulse of the people and train them for a larger and fuller life."
He also congratulated the students for being graduated successfully and motivated them to work hard to acquire knowledge, technology and skills through the programme of the Institute.
Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for figuring in the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings of 2015-16. President said he is delighted that IISc, Bangalore and IIT, Delhi has been ranked at No. 147 and 179 respectively.