Panjab University convocation on March 14: Preparations in full swing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigaarh
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2015 22:14 IST

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming convocation to be held at Panjab University (PU) on March 14.
The event will be held at gymnasium hall of the university. On this occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the convocation address.

In a meeting held here on Monday, PU registrar Colonel GS Chadha (Retd), PU controller of examinations Parvinder Singh, dean students welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal, various officers and senior professors discussed and reviewed the

Also, different departments and stakeholders were assigned different duties and responsibilities. It has been learnt that Noble Peace Prize Laureate (2014) and children rights' activist Kailash Satyarthi, fields medal winner (2014) and noted mathematician Manjul Bhargava and renowned agricultural scientist and recipient of Padma Vibhushan MS Swaminathan have also given their confirmation to receive the PU Honorary Degree on the occasion.

Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry (2009), Prof Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, has expressed his regrets and inability to participate in the convocation.

"However, he informed that whenever he will be in Delhi, he would visit the PU for delivering one or more talks to students and young scientists,"said a university official.

Kailash Satyarthi will be bestowed doctor of laws (Honoris Causa), while Manjul Bhargava and MS Swaminathan will receive doctor of science (Honoris Causa).

Pranab Mukherjee will be the fifth President of the country to deliver the convocation address at the university.
Earlier, APJ Abdul Kalam, Giani Zail Singh, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Rajinder Prasad had delivered the convocation addresses in 2007, 1985, 1981 and 1951, respectively.

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