Hyderabad: As many as 1,565 students graduated with flying colours on the 21st convocation of the University of Hyderabad held on October 1. Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, was the distinguished chief guest at the event.

Of the total 1,565 students, 264 PhD scholars and 162 gold medal holders were awarded for their academic achievements

For the first time, the university offered digital certificates from National Academic Depository (NAD) this year. The convocation also marked the awarding of OBC medals to meritorious students for the first time. Five young faculties received the Chancellor’s Awards for 2019 for their overall contribution in various spheres to the university.

“Today, India is addressing the challenge of providing access to higher education along with equity, inclusiveness and excellence. We need to share the passion and vision to make concerted efforts together to realise this goal,” said Ashutosh Sharma in his address.

“Women and other disadvantaged sections are to be provided with a level playing field to secure better opportunities for higher education. They are indeed equal partners in the positive shaping of the future of our society,” he added.

The prestigious Distinguished Alumnus awards issued by the university from last year were given to two alumni — Filmmaker and Theatre Director Karihalli Chaitanya and Senior Vice-President and Chief Technical Officer of Applied Materials Nalamasu Omkaram.

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