The JNU administration has decided to hold its 4th convocation online owing to the pandemic crisis. The convocation which was usually held in the University campus will be held on November 18 through a digital medium.
JNU took this decision due to the many restrictions imposed because of the lockdown and the breakdown of public transport. However, the authorities decided to go ahead with the convocation and shifted it to virtual mode.
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Ph.D students who graduated from the University during the 2019 and 2020 academic sessions will be awarded their degrees as part of the convocation.
JNU Convocation: Details of the Event
Justifying the decision to hold the convocation amid a pandemic, the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar remarked that a Convocation was all about celebrating the erudite achievements of a student and is a cornerstone in college life.
He further went on to say that the decision to hold the event in spite of Covid 19 was taken in the interest of the students and the administration aimed to make it an indelible event.
To improve the sentiment leading to the convocation, a life-sized statue of Swami Vivekanand will be inaugurated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will be unveiling the statue virtually.
The inauguration event is to be held on November 12. It was only due to the combined efforts of the Alumni and the administration of the University that the statue could be installed on the campus.
However, all is not good in the JNU campus. The student union of JNU has decided to boycott the convocation. The step was taken in protest of alleged fund cuts for research and delay over viva of PhD scholars even after submission of the thesis.
While announcing the decision, JNU student union president Aishe Gosh said that in spite of not holding the viva of many Ph.D. scholars, the administration went on and decided to hold the convocation.
According to her, this displayed the insensitive nature of the administration in regard to student affairs and their presumptuous arrogance towards the student body.
JNU student union president Aishe Ghosh stated, “In yet another brazen display of arrogance and insensitivity, despite not even conducting the vivas of many of the PhD scholars more than a year post submission, the JNU administration has announced a convocation on November 18”
Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the top universities in India. It has received various honors that solidify its position. The University has churned some of India’s greatest thinkers and intellectuals since its inception. It continues to be an important center of learning and social debates.
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