| Few of the gold medallists at the convocation at SK Memorial Hall on Wednesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Sixty-nine students received gold medals at the convocation ceremony of Patna University on Wednesday with girls registering top positions across all the faculties taught.
As many as 40 girls received the gold medals at the function, which was organised for the first time in three years. They covered all the streams of humanities, social science, science and commerce.
Shilpi Kiran, who topped botany for the 2010-12 batch, was elated at her success. “It feels great to be a topper and receiving the award from the chancellor,” Kiran said.
She has done her graduation from Patna Science College and is at present, an Inspire fellow. She added that with the passing of time, the education standard at the university has gone down and immediate steps were required to rectify the situation.
Sadhana Kumari topped in Hindi for the 2009-11 batch.
The university had last hosted the convocation ceremony in March 2011. On Wednesday, around 1,500 postgraduate and PhD students from the 2009-11 and 2010-12 sessions received their degrees.
As a large number of students were to receive their degrees, the university started distributing the papers from 11am. The main function started at 3pm when the gold medallists were awarded.
Present at the main function were governor-cum-chancellor of the state universities D.Y. Patil who was the chief guest. Justice S.N. Jha, former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan high courts and former chairperson of state human rights commission, was the guest of honour. Education minister P.K. Shahi was also present.
Governor Patil said: “Patna University has led the state in the introduction of the semester system. Now, the system has been streamlined, as all the stumbling blocks have been removed. The university is ready for a fresh take-off.”
He also gave credit to the university for holding the students’ union elections after more than three decades. The elections were held in 2012.
The participating students and teachers smiled some more when Shahi said the universities would soon get new vice-chancellors (VCs) and teachers.
Shahi said: “The search committee has done its job and the universities will get new VCs in the next one week. Once the universities get permanent VCs and pro-VCs, the academic work would improve.”
He added that teachers’ recruitment would be completed before the start of the new academic session.
The students were happy with the announcement. Pallavi Kumari, a student in the 2010-12 batch of sociology, said: “As the government is seriously thinking of improving higher education, permanent VCs and new teachers would benefit our juniors.”