On Sunday, March 21, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind has visited the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, in Odisha as a chief guest to attend the 18th convocation ceremony celebration of the institute. The convocation ceremony of NIT Rourkela commenced at 10 o’clock in the morning and the President was expected to deliver his addressing speech for the same.
In addition to President Ram Nath Kovind, the Governor of the state, Ganeshi Lal, Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, and N K Das, who is the Health and Family Welfare Minister, were also expected to attend the event at the technology institute in Rourkela.
Sources from the institute had further confirmed that The Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) awardees, silver medal achievers, and gold medal winners, and all alumnus awardees as well have attended the convocation ceremony personally to receive the certificates of their degrees and medals.
As per the rules and regulations provided by the Central Government amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the students entering in the institute premises for the convocation ceremony were asked to show a report which mentioned that they have tested negative for Covid-19. Secondly, the test report was valid only if it was conducted within the last 72 hours before the ceremony. NIT Rourkela said, “The medal-winning graduates...are required to produce a copy of negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR) report conducted within last 72 hours before the time of entry at the Main Gate of NIT Campus.”
A few months ago, the institute signed an agreement and collaborated with the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) for establishing a Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) inside the campus of NIT Rourkela. The main aim behind collaborating with ISRO was to create new opportunities for research and development and space start-ups as well.