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IIIT Bangalore’s largest convocation in 21 years, with edtech major upGrad


~2800 working professionals attended the online convocation in the presence of Chief Guest Mr. Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys and Chairman of NASSCOM, and senior leaders from IIIT Bangalore and upGrad

India’s largest online higher education company, upGrad in partnership with ‘The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore’ (IIIT-B), the premier research-based innovation institute hosted an online graduation ceremony for approximately 2800 learners, this Sunday morning. Gracing the event with their presence were, Chief Guest Mr. Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys and Chairman of NASSCOM, along with Professor Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Dean (Academics) – IIIT Bangalore, Professor S Sadagopan, Director – IIIT Bangalore, Ronnie Screwvala, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, upGrad, and Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad.

upGrad and IIIT-B celebrated the successful completion of PG Diploma programs in Data Science, Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Software Development/Blockchain, respectively. These included seasoned working professionals with a range of 8-11 years of work experience, from organizations including Fortune 500 Companies. 20 graduating students were awarded the ‘Top Performer’ award for achieving the highest CGPA in their respective programs.

upGrad and IIIT-B also recognised over 100 learners who went beyond the academic curriculum including those who went out of their way to help their peers. Some even set inspirational benchmarks for others, pushing them to do better, while many achieved stellar career transitions.

The uptake for online education has rapidly grown in India, especially among working professionals, and this has only been accelerated due to the pandemic. In fact, upGrad has doubled its course capacity to keep up with the growing demand, as it allows for Continuing Professional Education (CPE). By partnering with renowned universities like IIIT-B, upGrad provides students access to the latest content, mentors, and reputed faculty from IIIT-B to help with their learning.

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