Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) has decided to hold a one-day convocation this year instead of the two-day event it had for the last two years. The institute hasn’t commented on why the event’s duration was curtailed.

However, President Ram Nath Kovind is likely to attend the event as the chief guest and IIT may have shortened the event’s duration due to security reasons, sources said. The convocation is scheduled on October 4.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (abbreviated IIT Roorkee or IITR), formerly University of Roorkee and Thomason College of Civil Engineering, is a public engineering university located in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. Established in 1847 in British India by the then lieutenant governor, Sir James Thomason, it is the oldest technical institution in Asia.

It was given university status in 1949 and was converted into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2001, thus becoming the seventh IIT to be declared. IIT Roorkee has 21 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management programs with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.



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