After a great deal of impediment, Delhi University conducted its 92nd Convocation on Saturday, 30th of May 2015 to confer the degrees to successful candidates, who appeared and passed the examinations, conducted in the year 2014. 650 nos. of PhDs were honored at the convocation that was held in the Indoor Stadium, Multipurpose Hall, Delhi University Sports Stadium Complex, University of Delhi from 11:00 AM for the first time.
The Pro Vice Chancellors, Directors of South Campus, Dean of Colleges, Proctor, Registrars, Dean of all Faculties, Head of the Departments, Principals, and Executive Council members were all part of the formal pageant during the Convocation.
The Chief Guest at the Convocation was Prof. M. C. Mishra, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University greeted Prof. M. C. Mishra. Prof. Dinesh Singh, subsequently recommended the Graduates to follow their conscience and lead a life of righteousness with valor and integrity.
Achievers at DU’s Convocation :
Hindu College affirmed the optimum number of prizes and commemorative medals—13 nos.. Majority of them were successful by MSc. Chemistry students, Deepika Arora and Yukti Arora and by MSc. Mathematics student Deepshikha. Deepshikha had won six and shared every one of them with Sri Venkateswara College scholar Sandeep Bhatt.
A huge number of researchers from the Sanskrit Department have been awarded PhDs—35 nos.; 34 students were from the Physics and Astrophysics Department, 50 from Hindi, 49 from the Chemistry Department, 23 nos. from Management, 14 from History and 12 from Physical Education Department.
At the Convocation
“Delhi University is a 92 years old Institution and has contributed extremely well in terms of knowledge for the society,” said Dinesh Singh at the convocation. He also repeated to the students that in spite of DU’s eminence, they must keep in mind that the medal or degree doesn’t matter. “What medal or degree did Bhagat Singh have? What medal or degree did Rana Pratap have?” he raised and went on in a similar stratum before stating, erroneously, that “Mahatma Gandhi had no university degree.”
M C Mishra, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences spoke regarding accidents, cancer, food habits, the potential impact of an earthquake on Delhi, mental health and cardio-vascular diseases. He informed the students and their parents that most distress victims are juvenile, beseech-ed them to put on helmets and recommended DU authorities to include a blood donation camp during the annual festival ‘Antardhvani’. He also encouraged the spectators to pledge their organs.
The ceremony was both magnificent and cordial. Around 3500 nos. of people were present at the Convocation including University Professors, Principals, Teachers, guardians and relatives of the scholars bestowed with the degree.
In any case, a couple of prize winners left the stage without any degree or medal—they couldn’t be located at the time—and Hindu college teacher Mr. Ratan Lal did not put in an appearance at all, having boycotted the convocation. As an alternative, he and some other teachers remonstrated at Hindu College in opposition to the “victimization” of teachers who had been vocal against the college’s administration.
Mr. Lal had also written a petition to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Dinesh Singh stating, “It is your responsibility to protect us from the torture of the principal and the governing body.” Lal is one of those seven teachers against whom the college administration took action for writing to the Lieutenant Governor about alleged fraud in the construction procedure of a girls’ hostel.