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Sky is the Limit: Jubilation in full flow soon after the IIT Convocation in New Delhi on Saturday.
Sky is the Limit: Jubilation in full flow soon after the IIT Convocation in New Delhi on Saturday.

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At 39th IIT Convocation Pachauri says estimated global warming for the century is quite high

At the 39th Convocation of IIT Delhi 1,415 degrees, including 147 Ph.D. degrees, awarded

Telecom centre of excellence has been set up, with help of Bharati Airtel, on the IIT Campus

NEW DELHI: Climate change is one of the most daunting challenges that the world is facing today and a worldwide mobilisation of knowledge is required to address it, said Energy and Resources Institute, Director-General R.K. Pachauri here on Saturday.

Speaking at the 39th Convocation of IIT Delhi, Dr. Pachauri said: “This problem of climate change has been acknowledged and understood by a growing number of people across the globe, largely because scientific knowledge related to natural as well as human induced climate change has expanded substantially.”

“This has happened largely as a result of 20 years of work carried out by thousands of scientists under the banner of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” added Dr. Pachauri, who is also the chairman of IPCC, the co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace this past year.

The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report dealt with several aspects of climate change, including the serious impacts that are likely to take place in the future.

“The range of temperature increase projected for the end of the 21st Century is quite large, simply because scenarios of economic growth and development as well as changes in technology, patterns of trade and investments can vary substantially,” the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Initiative (TERI) chief noted in his Convocation address.

A renowned economist and environmental scientist Dr. Pachauri, who was the chief guest at the Convocation, told the audience that he began his career as an engineer and owed a “great deal” to his under-graduate education as an engineer.

A thousand degrees

In all, 1,415 degrees, including 147 Ph.D. degrees, were awarded at the Convocation.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, IIT Delhi Director Surendra Prasad highlighted the activities, achievements and future plans of the institute in his report. He spoke of the honours and awards bestowed on several faculty members.

Giving an overview of the academic activities, Prof. Prasad informed that the Department of Telecommunications along with Bharti Airtel had set up a telecom centre of excellence on the IIT campus.

During 2007-08, a total of 142 sponsored research projects with a total funding of Rs.63.42 crore were undertaken, while 860 consultancy assignments worth Rs.13.30 crore have been taken up by the institution.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Delhi, V.S. Ramamurthy, conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on eminent scientist Prof. Sukh Dev.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was conferred on Alok Aggarwal, Devang Khakhar and Vineet Agrawal in absentia, while Vishnu Dusad was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.


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