The 14th convocation ceremony of Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM) of the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj was held at NIRD&PR campus today.
A batch of 52 students who graduated, received their diplomas from the Chief Guest of the occasion, Shri P.H. Kurian , IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala. The Gold Medal for the best academic performance was awarded to Mr. Ajit Kumar Rana , while the Silver and Bronze Medals were awarded to second and third best performing students i. e. Ms. Narisetti Shruthi and Mr. Vipul Bhave respectively. Mr. Ahmed Rahim Khostai from Afghanistan bagged DG Medal of best performer international student.
Dr. W. R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR, presided over the function. Smt. Radhika Rastogi, IAS, Deputy Director General , NIRD&PR welcomed the Chief Guest.
Dr. W. R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR who administered the convocation oath to students, congratulated the entire 14th batch of PGDRDM. In his inaugural address, the Director General said that success is not obtaining degree or wealth , success is helping enough people and help number of people and advised the students that every day you create new thing and documented and we will use your learning/ case studies in our training programme.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Shri P. H. Kurian, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary said the students that quality of product is important and its proper marketisation of locally available product. He also shared his experiences in Kalahandi drought and poverty mitigation in Odisha in his speech.
Dr. A. Debapriya, Associate Professor, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education while presenting the course report of the fourteen batch of PGDRDM, shared the programme objectives and main highlights of the 14th batch. He informed that 99 per cent of the graduating students have secured good placement in reputed organisations. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Akanksha Shukla, Associate Professor, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education.