On Saturday, November 19, Delhi University held its 93rd annual convocation, at the multipurpose hall of university’s sports complex to present degrees to the students who passed various examinations in 2015. The eminent jurist professor Ved P Nanda from University of Denver Sturm College of Law was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi presided over the function. The convocation was also attended by RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal.
During the ceremony, 666 doctoral degrees, 37 Doctorate of Medicine degrees and 181 medals were awarded and the degrees of students who passed various examinations in 2015 were conferred in absentia. They will be released to the respective colleges, institutions, faculties or departments. The degrees of Ph.D., DM, and M.Ch. in all disciplines were also conferred.
The convocation ceremony began on a musical note saw a “Shankh Naad” performance, followed by one from Army band and a bugler from Delhi Police. A live webcast of the convocation was also available on university’s website. For the first time, the varsity had made additions of several new norms like recitation of holy versus from Quran, Gurbani, Ganesh Vandana and the Bible at the function.
Nanda, who has been associated with University of Denver, United Nations Association, American Bar Association, among others, delivered the convocation address detailing the challenges in education system and the industry. While addressing the gathering, he said that India has potential. “None of the Indian varsities are in the top 100 universities of the world rankings. With good infrastructure and foreign university tie ups, a university like DU could make it in the top 100 list,” he said.
He underlined the fact that “interdisciplinary education” has become rampant internationally. Hence, it is important for a university to prove its importance internationally. Recalling a meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Nanda told the gathering of students that besides studies and degrees “it is your duty to find solutions to the problems in the society…it is everyone’s duty to the make world better”.