Special Correspondent

MYSORE: In all, 43 students received M.Tech. degrees during the first graduation day ceremony of the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) here on Saturday.

The NIE, which was established in 1946, was granted academic autonomy by Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in 2007. This was the first graduation day after the institute was granted autonomy.

H.P. Kincha, Vice-Chancellor of the VTU, gave away the degrees to students. Later addressing the gathering, he urged the students to preserve the bond with the institution and live up to the expectations of society. V. Prakash, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute, gave away the endowment awards to the students and urged them to turn to entrepreneurship and help lead the country in global competition. Dr. Prakash touched upon the role played by the NIE in the field of engineering education ever since its inception.

Earlier, M.S. Shivakumar, principal of the NIE, said the institute had diligently strived to impart value-based high-quality technical education to students.