IIT-Delhi has fewer PG and PhD graduates this year

IIT-Delhi has fewer PG and PhD graduates this year

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) is seeing a slight decrease in the number of postgraduate and PhD students graduating this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the total enrolments this academic session (2020-21), at 10,900, touched the highest ever mark, the institute said Thursday.

During the 51st convocation ceremony Saturday, 2,019 students will graduate from IIT-Delhi, of whom 873 are undergraduate students, 848 postgraduates, and 298 PhD scholars. The number of postgraduates and PhD students who graduated in 2019 was 1,001 and 331, respectively. While these two category of students have seen a dip in numbers, there has been an increase in the number of undergraduates.

Addressing the pre-convocation digital press conference Thursday, IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao said, “Covid has definitely affected our graduation rate this year but it’s not very significant. We managed to quickly move the academic sessions online. All PhD defences and final viva voce were held online. Some students, who needed to experiment in the laboratories, could not complete their thesis work. The labs had remained closed for at least six months.”

The institute, this year, will conduct the convocation in a blended mode -- a small number of attendees will be presented degrees in person, while the majority will join the proceedings virtually. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief guest of the ceremony, will attend through video conferencing. IIT-Delhi has witnessed the highest ever total student enrolment this year at 10,900. “This is the first time we have crossed the 10,000-mark. Over 60% of them are postgraduate and PhD students. This is a significant milestone. IIT-Delhi is now more of a postgraduate institute and not one centered around undergraduate studies,” Rao said.

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