Students toss their graduation caps on VBU campus in Hazaribagh on Wednesday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Hazaribagh, Feb. 26: The long wait for degrees finally came to an end for 1,696 students of Vinoba Bhave University (VBU), when they today received certificates and medals from Governor Syed Ahmed at the varsity’s sixth convocation that had earlier been postponed thrice.
The governor, who is also the chancellor of state universities, was the chief guest on the occasion.
He arrived at the venue — Vinodini Tarwey Park on VBU campus in Sindoor — around 11.15am and stayed till 12.40pm, handing over degrees to 30 students, including 26 women, from the 2011 and 2012 batches.
Of the 30, 28 are postgraduate toppers in various subjects and also received gold medals, while two bagged the best graduate honour.
The remaining undergraduate and postgraduate students were feted by acting vice chancellor-cum-commissioner of North Chotanagpur Surendra Singh and other dignitaries.
“It was a great moment for me. I felt that my hard labour didn’t go waste when the governor handed me the degree,” said Pallavi Jha, a political science topper from PK Roy Memorial College, Dhanbad, (2011 batch).
Smita Joshi, a postgraduate topper in philosophy, said the applause she heard while receiving the degree made her feel that she had achieved the first big milestone of her life.
Ahmed stressed on quality education, saying it was not possible to steer the society towards progress and growth without the support of academics.
“Higher education plays a major role in the progress of the nation. The universities should focus on research work besides upgrading infrastructure. The children of this country have the potential to attain success in any field, but for that quality education and right guidance are a must. I will urge all teachers to give their best shot,” he added.
According to the governor, regular academic sessions, timely publication of results and updated websites with each and every detail are some of the ways to build a learning hub of excellence.
“In the present times, it is not easy to ignore new technologies. Otherwise, there are chances of one lagging behind. Dream of success, never of failures,” he told the students.
Acting vice chancellor Singh proudly announced that VBU has been placed ninth among universities run by various state governments.
He urged the students not to merely hunt for good jobs after getting degrees, but to also fulfil their responsibility to the society and the country as a whole.