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Students set date for medals, degrees

After a gap of nearly three years, Patna University is going to award degrees to its students at convocation on Wednesday.

The last time when the university hosted its convocation was in March 2011 in which retired governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant General S.K. Sinha, and then chancellor Devanand Konwar were chief guests.

At the convocation on Wednesday, chancellor and Governor D.Y. Patil will be the chief guest, while Justice S.N. Jha, former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan high courts and former chairperson of state human right commission, will be the guest of honour.

Education minister P.K. Shahi will also attend the function.

More than 1,500 scholars of PhD and postgraduate students of 2011 and 2012 batches would receive their degrees in ceremonial gowns.

Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha said: “Apart from awarding degrees to students from respective subjects, around 72 toppers will receive gold medals.” The gold medal presented to students is made up of silver with gold polishing.

Students are also excited about receiving their degrees in the convocation. Anil Kumar, a postgraduate history student of session 2011-12, said: “Getting a degree and gold medal from the governor has different feeling.”

The function will be held at SK Memorial Hall and for participating at the function the university has provided convocation robes to students, the students would have to return the convocation robes on Thursday.

The convocation venue and date of Patna University has been changed for more than three times. Earlier, the convocation was planned to be held at Patna Women’s College but later it was changed to SK Memorial Hall where the last convocation was also held.

The first convocation date fixed by Patna University was on November 26, and Raj Bhavan had also given its consent but Governor Patil was unlikely to attend the function. University sources said as the governor is the university’s chancellor, they sought his consent vis-à-vis attendance. The administration postponed it and the chancellor’s office gave a new date on December 20.

However, the date clashed with Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU), which was also holding convocation on December 20.

Later, the new convocation date was fixed on December 21. But that date was also postponed due to poor health condition of the governor and the convocation date was fixed on January 29.