682 awarded degrees; Punjab with 111 PhDs tops chart among all states

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2015 13:52 IST

Panjab University (PU) conferred degrees on a total of 682 students at the 64th annual convocation at the PU Gymnasium Hall on Saturday.

Degrees were awarded to the 2014-batch students of doctor of philosophy (PhD), doctor of medicine (MD) and master of surgery (MS), at a function presided over by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The first three candidates in all examinations and subjects, who obtained first divisions, were also given degrees. Medals, cash awards and other endowments were given to toppers of all examinations.

Of 682 students, 514 were females and 168 were males. Total 236 out of 283 students received PhD degrees, while 446 out of 520 students received other degrees and medals. Out of total 283 PhD degrees — 192 of them are girls — 109 were from the science faculty; 14 from pharma sciences; 58 from arts; 30 from education; 38 from languages; seven from laws; six from engineering and technology; 13 from business management and commerce; and eight from design and fine arts faculties.


Students from three foreign countries were conferred on PhD degrees during the convocation. Of them, seven students are from Iran, two from Iraq and one from Thailand.


Students from 17 different states received degrees at the PU on Saturday. Punjab with as many as 111 doctorates led the tally of eligible PhD degree awardees among the states. The state was followed by Chandigarh with 50, Himachal Pradesh with 44, and Haryana with 35 students.


Two officials of the armed forces and two cops — Kuldeep Sihag, Haryana police inspector general of police (crime), and Satnam Singh, sub-inspector with the Chandigarh police —were given degrees in different streams. Sihag completed his masters in police administration, while Satnam Singh has done MPhil in same subject.

Major general (retd) Amarjit Singh and Wing Commander GVG Yugindher bagged the gold medal in MPhil (defence studies) and MTech, respectively. Amarjit Singh had also won gold medals in BSc first and second year.

DIGNITaries honoured

Noble Peace Prize laureate (2014) and children rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, Fields Medal Winner (2014) and noted mathematician Prof Manjul Bhargava and renowned agricultural scientist and recipient of Padma Vibhushan, Prof MS Swaminathan, received PU Honorary Degree from the President.

Kailash Satyarthi and Prof Manjul Bhargava received Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) and Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), respectively. Noted lyricist and film personality Gulzar was bestowed upon PU Sahitya Rattan Award, while Padma Shri Awardee Dr Amod Gupta was bestowed upon PU Vigyan Rattan Award.

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