Hyderabad: The ICFAI University Hyderabad has conducted 7th convocation ceremony on its campus. Delivering the convocation address, Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems, Defence Research and Development Organisation urged students to distinguish themselves as responsible, enlightened and productive citizens of the country, and use the knowledge they have gained to benefit the country.
Satheesh Reddy said artificial intelligence would impact lives in unimaginable ways in days to come. On the progress made in the missile and space technologies in the country, Reddy said, “The success of Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicles, Agni Series of Missiles, Interceptor missiles, guided munitions, nuclear submarine INS Arihant, fighter aircrafts and the Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan missions have propelled us into an elite club of nations possessing ‘niche’ technologies.”
For the success of ‘Make in India’ programme, he urged the academic institutes to become hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship, and collaborate with other academic institutions and research organisations. In his address, Dr. C Rangarajan, Chancellor of the University called for radical changes in higher education. The reforms in higher education, he said, have three dimensions – access, equity and quality.
For ensuring quality he called for focusing on modernisation of curriculum, efficient teaching, attitude of the students and reforms in examination system. Calling for change in the evaluation system he said, “The present evaluation system needs to be revamped to facilitate a more meaningful assessment of the students’ competence.”
He also said overhauling the examination system will bring improvement in the quality. “If that is done the rest will fall in place. A reformed examination system will keep teachers and students on their toes,” he said.
Prof J Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor presented a report on the progress made by the University during the year 2016-17.
The University conferred honorary doctorates to Prof Shantha Sinha Child Rights Protectionist, Sonam Wangchuk, Social Entrepreneur and Sudarsan Pattnaik, Indian Sand Artist. During the convocation 1,466 students including 537 girls received their degrees.