The award ceremony was organised at Gifu University, Japan, in the virtual presence of Prof. TG Sitharam, director, Prof. S K Kakoty, deputy director, IIT Guwahati, Prof. Chitralekha Mahanta, dean, Academic Affairs, Prof. Mihir Purkait, dean, Alumni & External Relations and other dignitaries on Thursday.
IIT Guwahati and Gifu University have collaborated to offer a Joint International Master’s Programme since April 2019 to nurture highly-skilled professionals in the food and related industries. Yume Saito, Ayaka Tsuchiya, Haruka Maruyama, and Tatsushi Aoyagi, completed their graduation after visiting IIT Guwahati for a semester from July 2019 to November 2019 as a part of this programme.
Virtually addressing the gathering, IIT Guwahati director Sitharam said, “This is indeed a historic moment for the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Gifu University, Japan that our joint vision, commitment, and collaboration to establish this Joint Degree Programme is finally bearing fruit”.
He congratulated the four graduates and all the faculty members involved, in making this programme a huge success. “These programmes should now be a template for all joint degree programmes that are undertaken. The quality of research work and papers that have come out from this programme till date and the quality of students, faculty, and researchers will ensure that we become role models in running a successful international collaboration programme, ” Sitharam added.
Prof. Hisataka Moriwaki, president of Gifu University, Japan, also congratulated both the Institutes and wished the graduating class success in the future. He was accompanied by Prof. Fumiiaki Suzuki, Gifu University Fellow.
Prof. Chitralekha Mahanta, Dean of Academic Affairs, IIT Guwahati, in her address highlighted the course and content of the joint degree programme. “The stay of Japanese students at IIT Guwahati have enhanced their knowledge and understanding not only of their academic field but also of the life and culture of the people of India in general and the people of Assam in particular, ” Mahanta said.
“This exchange of academics and culture will continue to foster and strengthen the bonds between our two institutions and our countries”, she added.