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Nitte to hold 12th annual convocation on Nov 5

Nitte (deemed to be a university) will hold its 12th annual convocation on November 5th at 10 a.m. at Nitte Grounds, KSHEMA campus, in the presence of Chancellor N Vinaya Hegde. Prof. Mamadila Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson of the University Grants Commission in New Delhi, will deliver the convocation address.

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Nitte is honoured to have Prof. Dr. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson of the University Grants Commission, as the convocation’s chief guest. Dr. Kumar is a nanotechnology researcher who previously served as the vice chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi before being appointed as the UGC chairperson. He also serves as the chairperson of the AICTE. He is leading the transformation of higher education in India as envisioned by the new National Education Policy.

994 students, including 21 doctoral, 324 postgraduate, 647 undergraduate, and two fellowship students, will graduate on this day. These students come from a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nursing, allied health sciences, architecture, media and communication, and biological sciences. The Achievers of various programmes will be recognised with university gold medals, endowment gold medals, and merit certificates. A total of 20 gold medals will be awarded, including 9 endowment medals and 11 university medals.

Nitte will bestow the Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) degree on the distinguished scientist and research administrator Prof. T. S. Rao, former senior advisor, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, during this convocation.

Prof. Rao has worked for DBT for over three decades and was instrumental in developing and implementing the National Polio Eradication Program. He helped India become polio-free in 2014. The first rotavirus vaccines produced in-country were introduced in the national immunisation programme, and he oversaw their development and commercialization.

Nitte University, founded in 2008, has emerged as a symbol of quality and values. With the establishment of its first off-campus centre in Nitte, Karkala, it has grown into a multi-disciplinary university with nearly 6,000 students.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) placed it 75th among Indian universities in 2022, and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India recognised it with an A+ grade.

According to the QS World University Rankings—Asia, it is positioned in the 401–450 range. Its inclusion in the top 300 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is evidence of the success of its sustainable development programmes.

Vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary will provide the opening remarks. Provost Dr. M. Shantharam Shetty, Provost Dr. Vishal Hegde, Provost Dr. M. S. Moodithaya, Provost Dr. Harsha H., Registrar, and Provost Dr. Prasad B. Shetty, Controller of Examinations, will be present.

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