After all the battles over approvals and budget sanction, a separate convocation for Panjab University (PU) law graduates was held on the campus here on Sunday, but was marred by the absence of several guests. Even Nishtha Jamwal, chairperson of the department of laws, did not turn up.
The notable absentee list had three of the six guests who were to be felicitated -- Veer Singh, director, Chandigarh Judicial Academy; Paramjit Singh Jaswal, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (Nishtha's husband); and DN Jauhar, V-C of Dr BR Ambedkar University, Agra - besides most members of university's decision-making bodies, the senate and syndicate.
In fact, it was the syndicate that had on May 15 raised the red flag over the absence of approvals and also the V-C's sanction of Rs 2 lakh from PU's Rs 5 lakh convocation fund to the department for a separate function. It was earlier scheduled for April 28 but had to be postponed as the chief guest wasn't available. Further, the syndicate had said that barring private affiliated colleges, the rest would come under the convocation's ambit.
Then, Nishtha Jaswal went to PU vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Kumar Grover - who attended the convocation, by the way -- on Friday to get the required approvals, which he refused. Later, dean, law faculty, GK Chatrath approached the V-C who told dean, university instructions, (DUI) Madhu Raka to give the required sanctions. The nod thus came late on Friday (May 17) evening.
The manner of approval appears to have put off Nishtha Jaswal, though she refused to comment on the matter.
The three absent guests all cited prior commitments, even though the invitations had been sent long ago.
Money spent. What now?
PU V-C Arun Kumar Grover had, without any approvals, sanctioned Rs 2 lakh to law faculty out of the varsity convocation fund of Rs 5 lakh. However, the syndicate ruled that the money be taken back. Now, the law faculty has already spent the money on the convocation.