The first convocation of Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) will be held on July 10 at SwatantrataBhawan.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam would give away medals to the meritorious students and deliver convocation address. The convocation was the much awaited event for the institute as the graduates who passed out in 2010, 2011 and 2012 did not receive degrees because IIT status was awaited, which was received in 2012.
Traditional dhoti kurta and sarees would replace the colonial academic gowns and caps in the convocation ceremony.
Talking to reporters on Monday, IIT-BHU director Rajeev Sangal said that students who took admission in 2006-2007 onwards were to get the degrees but the conversion was delayed for some years. All the degrees will have the new graphic logo and logo type of the institute.
More than 2,300 graduates would receive degrees. As many as 1,288 degrees of BTech/BPharm, 649 degrees of MTech/MPharma, 287 degrees of integrated dual degree programme and 159 PhD degrees would be distributed. As many as 113 graduates from all three years would receive gold medals on the occasion. Anand Goyal of Dhanbad who graduated in electronic engineering in 2010 will receive 11 awards. Animesh Jain of 2011 batch of the same branch will receive 12 awards while Ananth Dwivedi of computer science and Allamraju Sundeep of electronic engineering 2012 batch will receive seven awards.
Sangal said that a convocation ceremony for 2013 batch would be organised in the October.