Curtains come down on graVITas
VELLORE: Curtains came down on the three-day annual international engineering and management festival and knowledge carnival graVITas'18 at Vellore Institute of Technology on October 14. Zakwan Ahmed, Outsanding Scientist and Director General (R&M and IMPL), Defence Research and Development Organisation along with Asfaw Dingamo Kame, Ethiopian Ambassador to India took part in the valedictory function and spoke on the occasion and also handed over prizes to students who had won in the various competitions.
Kame was the Guest of Honour at the Valedictory function and handed over prizes to students of Bharathidasan Matriculation School for presenting the best research paper at graVITas. Speaking on the occasion, Kame said that a number of students had come to India to pursue their higher education at VIT as the institution enjoyed the reputation of providing good quality technical education. He said that he felt extremely glad to note that the students were happy in studying at VIT.
Saurabh Jain, Vice President of PayTM, who was the Guest of Honour, also handed over prizes to students who had won in various competitions along with Kame.
Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, presided over the Valedictory function. Pro Vice Chancellor S Narayanan and Registrar K Sathyanarayanan were also present.
Arpitha Dutta, student of VIT welcomed the gathering. Devendra Kumar, Convenor of graVITas, Joint Convenors along with Professors K R Prabhu, Govardhanan, Murugan, and Vasudevan were also present. Neha Benny Mathew, student, delivered a vote of thanks.
In his address, the Special Guest, Ahmed said that it was a laudable attempt on the part of VIT to conduct graVITas as an event where the talent of the students to create new inventions in the area of life sciences, water, environment and power supply came to the fore. He said that water was most important for life to sustain and the population of India was 18 per cent of the world's total population, but the water level was very low.
The DRDO, Ahmed said, made rockets and missile systems using advanced technologies. They were being implemented through the 'Make in India' project using indigenous technology. Skill Development Centres of the DRDO were functioning at Indian Institutes of Technology in Mumbai, Chennai and Indore
With the valedictory function, the three-day event came to a formal close.