Recently, two students of IIT Kharagpur have been awarded President of India gold medals during its annual convocation.
The President of India Gold Medal is given to the student with the highest academic performance. The medal is awarded for 'Outstanding All Round Achievement and Leadership'. The form that the candidates are required to fill has the following sections under 'Achievements of the Nominee':
"¢ Excellence in specific scientific/technical fields
"¢ Cultural and Extra-Curricular Activities
"¢ Value Based Leadership
The applicants are interviewed by a panel of faculty members. The specifics and focus of the interview might obviously change over years, depending on the panels.This year the president's gold medal was bagged by two students of IIT-Kharagpur. Prithwish Mukherjee and Soham Dan, both from the department of computer science and engineering, had the highest CGPA score of 9.75. The medal was awarded to the students on the first day of the two-day convocation of the IIT.
Institute's director P.P Chakrabarti said, "It was a tie. We have some rules for a tie-breaker also but we thought that since both of them had worked equally hard both should get the award. It was a special gesture from the board of governors. It was the first time that we have decided to give the award to two students. The medal was given yesterday, on the first day of the two-day convocation of the IIT."
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