Jadavpur University cancels convocation, degrees to be mailed
Jadavpur University has asked graduating students to send their postal addresses to which hard copies of their degree certificates can be sent, officials said.
The university has scrapped its annual convocation, usually held on December 24, “due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic crisis”.
A resolution adopted by JU’s executive council at a virtual meeting on Sunday night says: “Neither in physical mode is feasible... nor the university has the necessary infrastructure to organise the annual convocation on virtual mode for four thousand and seven hundred recipients.”
A notification signed by registrar Snehamanju Basu requests the graduating students to clear their dues online by December 20.
The degree recipients have to send their mailing addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org in a format specified on the university’s website.
They can collect their degree certificates from their respective departments in batches.
The university will also upload digital versions of the degree certificates on the National Academic Depository, from where recipients can download them from December 24, a JU official said.
The university consulted the higher education department before deciding to do away with the convocation.
“The higher education department has kept the campuses closed across the state till December 31 because of the Covid pandemic. It would not be proper of us to seek permission for reopening the campus for a day, to hold the convocation, at the cost of risking the degree recipients’ health,” said a university official.
The department has postponed its plan to let in-person classes resume at colleges and universities in December.
“Since the degree certificates are a must for pursuing higher studies, we want to distribute the certificates at the earliest,” said a JU official.