| Students of Aryabhatta Knowledge University celebrate their first convocation on CNLU premises in Patna. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday urged Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU) to “really be a knowledge campus and not confine itself to just granting degrees and holding examinations for medical and engineering colleges”.
Speaking during the first convocation of the university, which is yet to shift to its permanent campus, Nitish said: “The knowledge university should go for conducting more research and introduce modern popular courses.”
Nitish’s statement assumes importance as the university already runs centre for nano-science and nano-technology and it plans to introduce centre for stem cell and research, centre for astrophysics and applied mathematics.
About the hard work and knowledge acumen of the people of Bihar, Nitish said: “Since history, Bihar has been known as an important centre of knowledge as the ancient Nalanda and Vikramshila existed here. The state can progress only through knowledge.”
Nitish also thanked and appreciated the work done by founder and present vice-chancellor S.N. Guha for development of the university. Nitish asked Guha to ensure that the university building should be remarkable in its architectural aspects with lots of greenery.
Governor D.Y. Patil said: “The vision of the university is to mould character, shape the career, and bring perfection in behaviour and excellence in educating the younger generation of today for future.”
Education minister P.K. Shahi said though the construction of the AKU’s permanent campus has been delayed but it would start in a couple of months. Shahi added: “The university is a milestone in engineering and medical education.”
At the first convocation of the AKU, the university offered degrees to 3,669 students from different courses affiliated to the university. The university also offered gold medals to 14 of its students. The degree was given to students studying at various technical, medical, BEd and other colleges affiliated to the university after 2010.
Prashant Kumar Mandilwar, a gold medallist in PG diploma in medicine from PMCH, said: “It is a great moment for us now that we have received degrees and now legally becoming doctors to practise.”
The AKU, set up in 2010, has around 80 colleges affiliated to the university, which also includes eight medical colleges, 17 engineering colleges, two nursing colleges and one radiotherapy and eight BEd colleges.
The university, in the last four years, has shifted to four places, including the present campus at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), while construction for the permanent campus at Mithapur is going on.