24 Aug 2021 11:35 IST

English language will no longer be a barrier to education: Edn Minister

1,323 students awarded degrees at IIT Hyd. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan delivers the convocation address

As many as 1,323 degrees have been presented to students in different streams at the ninth and tenth Convocations of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Hyderabad). The Convocations for the two years were held virtually on Monday. Addressing the students, Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan has said that it was a collective responsibility of all players in the academic ecosystem to make the National Education Policy 2020 a success.

“As many as 14 engineering colleges in the country have launched courses in five Indian languages. No student should be deprived of quality education for lack of proficiency in English language,” he said, explaining the rationale behind introducing engineering courses in regional languages.

Valuable lessons

BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IITH, has said that failure was not the opposite of success. “It (failure) is part of success. You should never let success get into your head and you should never failure get into your heart,” he said.

“You must love what you do, anything you have to do is work, anything you love to do is play. So, make your passion your work and you will achieve success in whatever you do,” he said.

“Our aim is to make the institute the dream destination for students, academicians, and researchers. The broadened academic horizon and high research quotient are keeping IIT Hyderabad on par with the few leading institutes in the country,” he said.

“Out of the 1,323 degrees, there were 407 MTech degrees, 518 BTech degrees and 215 PhDs. For the first time, the number of PhDs crossed the 100-mark in the Class of 2021 with a total tally of 119 PhDs for the year,” an IITH executive said.