First Convocation of IISER Mohali
The first convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali was held on July 25, 2012. The first batch of 26 students in the BS-MS dual degree program from the institute graduated and were awarded degrees. The convocation was held in the lecture hall complex at the 125 acre campus of IISER Mohali located in the Knowledge city, Mohali. Shri Kapil Sibal, honourable minister for Human Resource Development inaugrated the lecture hall complex at IISER Mohali before the convocation ceremony. Prof. R. A. Mashelkar, chairman of the board of governers of IISER Mohali presided over the convocation ceremony. Prof. C. N. R. Rao, chairman, scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister was the guest of honour. An honorary doctorate was conferred upon Prof. C. N. R. Rao. Directors of all the five IISERs were present at the ceremony as this was the first convocation hosted by an IISER. The gold medal was awarded to Mr. Rishi Raj Trivedi for best academic performance. The S. N. Kaul award for best all round performance, including extra-curricular activities was given to Ms. Amita Agrawal.