Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan awards blockchain-based digital degrees to 1,555 NIT Rourkela students during his 19th convocation | India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

Rourkela: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, awarded diplomas to a total of 1,555 students from Rourkela National Institute of Technology during his 19e Convocation held today (13e August 2022). Shri Jual Oram (Honourable MP, Sundargarh) and Shri Sarada Prasad Nayak (Honourable MP, Rourkela) were the guests of honour. Students wore a Sambalpuri-themed dress code adhering to the ethic of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.

For the first time in its history, the Institute awarded its graduate students with ‘blockchain-based digital degrees’ developed in assistance with C3i Innovation Center at IIT Kanpur, under the aegis of the project national Blockchain proposed by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. With the adoption of this ambitious project, NIT Rourkela has become the first NIT and the second among “Institutes of National Importance”, after IIT Kanpur, to implement futuristic technology for its graduate students.

The convocation ceremony was held in hybrid mode and can be viewed at the following link –

Addressing the convocation, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India said: “I want to see NIT Rourkela become a technology hub. The Institute should proactively plan how the whole of Sundergarh district can be linked to the blockchain, how households can be mapped, how people can get benefits provided by the government and how can this help to increase youth skills and job opportunities. NIT Rourkela should work to map this through the blockchain.

Further, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said, “During my recent visits to other eminent institutes, I have recognized that senior educators put on caps and robes at convocation. Today I commend NIT Rourkela for adopting the traditional Sambalpuri dress code. We must remember the essence of this NEP. It’s just not a document, it’s a philosophy to decolonize our mindset. Things are changing very fast around the world. Let us make a commitment for the next 25 years to make this Institute a multidisciplinary and multivisionary Institute. The Institute should focus on collaborating with various institutes to launch new collaborative courses and conduct research. NIT Rourkela should become a catalyst for change in this neighborhood.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan added, “The NEP recommends that students learn in local languages. Japan, Germany and China have adapted their native language in their learning, research and innovation and are now thriving. Basic research and studies should also be done in local languages ​​and NIT Rourkela should come up with new ideas and innovations to improve translator technology.

Graduate students would receive an OTP on their mobile number, which will also be sent to their email id, to provide access to a secure portal containing their degrees. The degrees would also be available to download as a PDF file, making them accessible anywhere in the world. The Blockchain system works on the principle of decentralization, which means that control is not in the hands of a single person but on a distributed network. Information in a blockchain is recorded and stored sequentially with an exact timestamp and cannot be altered, making it a tamper-proof transcript.

This digital wallet provides a secure and tamper-proof environment that students can share with their potential employers. It could be verified instantly, sparing the laborious third party verification process which easily takes 2-3 weeks currently.

Addressing the convocation, Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao, Chairman of the Board of Governors, NIT Rourkela, and Director, NIT Rourkela, said: “Founded in 1961, NIT Rourkela is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. During his 60 years of NIT Rourkela, it has become one of the top ranked technical institutions in India offering B.Tech. Diplomas in 14 disciplines spread over 12 departments. The Institute has been recognized for its advanced research and technology, its development in various fields, science, engineering and technology, management, architecture, humanities and social sciences.

Additionally, Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao said: “NIT Rourkela is traditionally known as a leader in sponsored research and industry consulting. In the calendar year 2021-22, the Institute received sanction for 97 sponsored projects worth a total of Rs. 24.13 Crore and 110 consultancy projects worth a total of nearly Rs. 11 .43 crore. Our Career Development Center has tirelessly coordinated with several organizations to provide quality placement for our graduates, postgraduates and PhDs both in and out of the country. During the 2021-22 academic year, a total of 1,290 full-time job offers were offered to our students with a significant increase from previous years.

Shri Jual Oram, Honorable Member, Sundargarh, further encouraged students studying at NIT Rourkela. He said “It is a very auspicious day since you have obtained your technology-friendly degrees. We expect more foreign students to be admitted to this institute through the various central government programs. It is our immense pleasure to see Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visiting the institute of NIT Rourkela after serving as Minister of Education and Minister of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship.”.

During the 2021 Annual Convocation, six Institute Gold Medals, five Endowment Gold Medals, five Endowment Awards, 70 Branch Topper Medals, and one Cash Endowment Award were awarded to graduates. A total of 11 alumni received the Distinguished Alumnus Award-2021. A total of 1,555 students (859 undergraduates, 608 postgraduates, 88 doctoral students) graduated.

NIT Rourkela researchers published 13,790 publications with 127h index by Scopus database and 7,138 publications with 110h index by Web of Science database, which is among the best compared to all the other TINs. According to NIRF 2022, NIT Rourkela has the highest research scores (research, professional practices and collaborative performance) among all NITs.

The Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2021 were also awarded on this occasion to the following people:

  • University and research
  • Amiya Ranjan Mohanty (1986, Mechanical Engineering), Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur
  • Prof Lalit Mohan Das (1970, Mechanical Engineering), Emeritus Professor, Center for Energy Studies, IIT Delhi
  • Bidyadhar Subudhi (1988, Electrical Engineering), Professor (HAG), School of Electrical Sciences and Dean (R&D), IIT Goa
  • Manoj Kumar Mohanty (1985, Mining Engineering), Newmont Endowed Professor, HOD, Mining & Metallurgical Engineering D Mackay School of Earth Science, Univ of Nevada, Reno, USA
  • Industry and Management
  • Shri Chitta Ranjan Pradhan (1970, electrical engineering), former Chairman and Managing Director, NALCO
  • Shri Prabudha Ranjan Mohanty (1976, Chemical Engineering), Former Emeritus Scientist and Chairman, Heavy Water Board and Technical Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India
  • Shri Nikunja Bihari Dhal, IAS (lot 1993) (1990, Mechanical Engineering), Orissa Government Secretary (Energy and Power)
  • Shri Prabhat Kumar (1986, mining engineer), Director General of Mine Safety, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Government. from India

  • Entrepreneurship and public life
  • Er Binod Kumar Agarwal (1985, Chemical Engineering), MD of Shree Tirupati Balajee Agro Trading Company Pvt. Ltd.Indore Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Shri Santosa Kumar Pal (1985, Mining Engineering), Technical Director (Projects & Planning of South Eastern Coal fields limited, Bilaspur, India
  • Contribution to the growth of the Institute
  • Sri. Sandip Dasverma (1965 Mechanical Engineering), First President of NITROAA, Hayward, CA, USA

The distribution of degrees and departments in addition to doctorates is accessible on:


1 Institute Gold Medal for Best Graduate (B.Tech and B.Arch.) 117ME0133 PRATYUSHA PADHI Mechanical Engineering
2 Institute Gold Medal for Best Postgraduate Student (M.Tech.) 219CE3050 NURUL HASAN transport engineering
3 Institute Gold Medal for Best Postgraduate with Double Degree B.Tech and M.Tech. 716CE3005 ANURAG MISHRA transport engineering
4 Institute Gold Medal for Best Postgraduate Degree with Integrated Masters 416CY5012 RAJ SHEKHAR Chemistry
5 Institute Gold Medal for Best Postgraduate Student (M.Sc. and MA) 419HS1011 Liza Samal Development studies
6 Institute Gold Medal for Best Postgraduate (MBA) Student 319SM1014 ANUPAMA SAHOO School of Management


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