A total of 7,135 students of the 2019-20 graduating batch of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University here received their degrees at its 16th annual convocation held in virtual mode on Saturday from chief guest Prof Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Laureate, Bangladesh in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder, Art of Living and other dignitaries.
The university conferred Honoris Causa degrees of DLitt on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and SK Chaudhary, CMD, IRCON International Ltd and Honoris Causa Degree of DSc on “Cyclone Man of India” Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of Meteorology, Government. of India.
In his introductory address, KIIT & KISS founder Prof Achyuta Samanta said he has imagined and is relentlessly working for “A World of Three Zeroes”, zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, "The purpose of education is to build a strong personality that is equipped to convert new challenges into opportunities and broadmindedness and humility to continue learning forever."
SK Chaudhary said, “KIIT and its sister institution Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) have made tremendous contributions in the field of education in the last two decades. I congratulate the founder of KIIT & KISS for doing such a great service to the society.”