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Ram reviews RU before President visit

Ranchi, Nov. 1: State human resource development minister Baidyanath Ram visited the newly built Institute of Basic Science building of Ranchi University (RU) today to check the preparedness of the varsity in view of the convocation ceremony scheduled on December 10.

The President of India Pratibha Patil will grace the convocation.

According to varsity officials, the minister was satisfied with the preparations and also appreciated the building. Pro-vice chancellor of the university V.P. Sharan said: “A copy of the university’s backgrounder, layout, programme, dais and stage plans among others was sent to the President’s office on Saturday. A letter of approval has also reached us via Raj Bhavan the same day,” added Sharan.

The president will arrive in Ranchi on December 10. The exact venue of the convocation is yet to be decided.

“The President will also inaugurate our new building. So, we were asked by the security cell to shift the ceremony from the convocation ground. We are yet to finalise whether it will take place inside the building or on the ground besides it,” the pro-vice chancellor said.

There is also an increase in sale of convocation forms, he added. “Students are excited about the Presidents’ visit. The number of applications have already crossed 3,000 mar,. The last date of procurement and submission of convocation forms is November 6. We will order gowns from Allahabad only once the picture of the applicants is clear,” said Sharan.

According to officials, the convocation assumes significance because out of 36 candidates bagging gold medals, 30 are females.

Besides the new building, the minister also visited the journalism wing, where the department officials and the students submitted a letter along with a new proposal for setting up of a building to the minister, asking for his immediate intervention for better functioning of the department.

“Till date we don’t have a building and proper infrastructure. We have demanded a separate building, proper classes, infrastructure, studio and dedicated staff,” said Rita Shukla, head of the department.

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