President Kovind Hands Honors Toppers During 8th Convocation of NIT in Patna

NIT graduating students with President of India Ram Nath Kovind in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: President of India Ramnath Kovind was the chief guest at the 8th convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) that was held at the Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Thursday.

Mr. Kovind, who was also the Governor of Bihar between August 2015 and June 2017, rued the anemic participation of women in scientific and technical institutes of learning saying every effort must be made to raise their number in such faculties to compete with the rest of the world.

"As the President of India, I am a visitor to nearly 150 universities in the nation and this gives me unique opportunity to talk with students at all levels. While girls are doing wonderful in most academic areas, they still lag behind boys in technical and science institutes and we must do everything to improve this number," he said.

On the occasion, the President awarded gold medals to eight students for topping in their areas.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed his disappointment over less and less people going for higher studies after finishing their inter exams.

Kumar then used his speaking time to highlight steps taken by his administration to improve standard of education in Bihar including offering students loan up to Rs. 4 lakh at a nominal 4% interest rate to pursue higher studies of their choice; setting up of engineering colleges in all districts, and introduction of student credit card in the state.

The Chief Minister reminded people he was also once a student of Bihar College of Engineering that later became NIT.

"During my time, there were only 500 students in the BCE. Today this number has risen to 3917 and this number is expected to go up to 6000 when the proposed new campus for NIT is completed," he said.

Those who were given gold medals by the President, whose wife Savita Kovind was also present on the occasion, included PG students Amit Kumar Chowdhary, D M Reddy, and Piyush Kumar Singh; B.Tech candidates Akanksha Sachdeva, Chittaranjan Kumar Jha, Kumar Piyush, Vishal Verma, and Shivansh Singh.

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