Ilayaraja to be feted tomorrow

Published: 19th August 2016 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2016 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM: GITAM University will organise its seventh convocation on its campus on Saturday. About 2,625 will be awarded graduation and PG degrees and 35 PhDs in engineering, management, science, pharmacy, architecture and international business courses.

Addressing newsmen here on Thursday, GITAM vice-chancellor MS Prasada Rao said that in total, 1,147 candidates would receive their doctorates directly on the day. As many as 180 MTech students, 743 BTech, 304 PG and 813 UG students would be presented their degrees, apart from the 13 gold medals and awards the 50 first rankers of different branches.

Secretary of Ministry of Earth Science Madhavan Nair Rajeevan will be conferred with honorary doctorate of science. Rajeevan who did research in meteorological sciences worked for 23 years as a meteorologist. An expert in monsoon variability prediction, he was awarded young scientist award in 2001 and 2007. Besides former chief justice of Supreme Court S Rajendra Babu, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) former DG Nirmal Kumar Ganguly and music maestro Illayaraja will also be conferred honorary doctorates.

Babu was appointed permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 1988 and retired in 2004. He is presently associated with National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Nirmal Kumar Ganguly is a microbiologist specialising in tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diarrhoea. He has about 775 publications and guided 430 PhD scholars and Illayaraja composed music for more than 6,000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films. Pro vice-chancellor K Sivarama Krishna and Registrar M Potharaju were present.

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