HYDERABAD: In a first for the International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad, as many as 473 students graduated from the varsity on the occasion of its 16th Convocation in the city on Saturday. Of these only 130 were girls.
In the largest outgoing batch of the graduates, IIIT-H had a record number of 84 research students, including 16 who were awarded PhD. In under graduate courses 134 students received their degrees, 231 in PG and 108 in MSIT.
As against 2016 when five of the nine doctorate students were women, this year only four received PhDs. In the toppers lists too this year there was only one women student who bagged a gold medal, a fall from the eight in 2016.
GV Prasad, CEO Dr Reddy’s Laboratory while delivering the convocation address highlighted his professional journey, how at 29 years of age he was handed over the reigns of the company whose 300 employees resigned en-masse as he was taking charge.
“With everything working against me, it instilled in me desire to build an organisation that depends on a few individuals. I wanted to create something that would last, where employees can discover and unleash their potential,” he said.