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President for ISM degree day

May 10 will be doubly special for the 500-odd ISM students, who passed out last year. They will receive their degrees from the President on that day.

Pranab Mukherjee has consented to become the chief guest at ISM’s 36th annual convocation, which will be held at the premier mining institute’s lower grounds.

The authorities have already started making extensive preparations keeping in mind the special guest, who will be staying on the campus for around an hour.

The President, who will arrive around 3pm, is likely to stay till 4pm though the function will continue till 5.30pm. A huge pandal will be erected at the lower grounds, where the students from engineering, management and humanities streams will be awarded their degrees.

Webcasting will be carried out so that those failing to turn up can see the programme live by just logging into ISM’s website — www.ismdhanbad.ac.in.

“The President will arrive here via road from Ranchi. He will leave for Ranchi after spending about an hour at the institute. It will be a special moment for every ISM student, teacher and the management,” said registrar Colonel (Retd) M.K. Singh.

He added that the ground would have seating arrangements for 1,250 people — mainly students receiving degrees, their parents and teachers. The institute building is also being given a fresh coat of paint for the big day.

Students are naturally excited. “I will not only get a chance to see the President of India, but will also have the opportunity to interact with the former students of our institute, who are now posted in top organisations across the country,” said Chitransh Jain (21), a third-year BTech student.

“Our exams will be over by May 3 and we will be free to see the event. The atmosphere on the campus is all charged up,” added Chitransh’s classmate Priyank Jain.

Several high-profile chief guests have been a part of ISM convocations.

Former President N. Sanjiva Reddy attended the event in 1978, former defence minister K.C. Pant had come in 1983, former Union finance minister Manmohan Singh in 1990 and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission R.A. Mashelkar in 1997.

Among the Presidents, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the chief guest in 1999.

The 35th convocation was attended by Planning Commission’s deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.