“Knowledge without values is futile. Technological development should work in tandem with environmental protection for the betterment of the society” said Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Honorable Minister of Defence and the Chief Guest at the grand Convocation ceremony of BITS Pilani , K K Birla Goa Campus held in the magnificent auditorium of the campus on 7th August 2016. He addressed a large gathering of about 2000 people comprising the graduating students, their parents and the faculty members of the campus. The joyous occasion was graced by the presence of Chancellor Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vice Chancellor Dr. Souvik Bhattacharya and Directors of other BITS Pilani campuses in Pilani, Dubai and Hyderabad.
In his address, Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor of BITS Pilani reminisced and acknowledged the support extended by Shri Manohar Parrikar in bringing up the BITS Pilani campus in Goa. Dr. Birla rightly pointed out that the holistic education that students had received in BITS places them in a privileged position, and they have an implicit obligation and responsibility to help those who are less fortunate in the society.
This year, 616 students received their degrees, of which 12 were PhD’s. Four students from Bachelor’s degree programs were awarded Medals: Gold medal --Ms. Vishakha Gupta ; Silver medal – Mr. Shah Ujash Dipakbhai ; and Bronze medals – Ms. Dave Mihika Himanshu and Ms. Vasundhara Bhargava.
Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya, the Vice-chancellor of BITS Pilani presented an overview of the University’s accomplishments and in particular highlighted its pioneering role in fostering innovation, and entrepreneurship in higher education. The Director, Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat gave a detailed report of BITS Pilani Goa Campus, offering a comprehensive overview of the advances in research, new initiatives and collaborations of the Institute. Prof. D M. Kulkarni Convener of Convocation 2016 concluded the ceremony with the Vote of thanks.