The 21st convocation of Kakatiya University was held here on Wednesday where 538 students were awarded Ph.Ds and 276 received gold medals. Also, graduates from 2010, 2011, and 2012 batches received their certificates on the day.

Director of IIT-New Delhi and an alumni of Kakatiya University, V. Ramgopal Rao, was the chief guest at the event.

Addressing the students, he said there was a need for major restructuring of the university system in the country starting from governance to academic curriculum. He felt that the focus of the education system should shift from studying to learning.

He observed that many of the educational institutions in India attracted the best talent and they have been churning out graduates, who were mostly job-seekers, rather than job-providers. Prof. Rao said universities should provide students exposure to the real world, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and build the ability to lead teams.

He further said knowledge and society needs to be connected to find solutions to issues suitable to India.

Referring to globalisation, Prof. Rao said the country should welcome foreign students and scholars to study in the universities here and increase exchange programmes with foreign universities to become learning centres for international best practices.

Vice-Chancellor R. Sayanna, Registrar K. Purushotham and others were present.

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