The wait for convocation seems endless for the Indore’s Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya students from 2012-13 batch, as the state university has postponed its annual affair for around two weeks.
The convocation, which was slated to be held on Monday, was deferred as it falls a day after Anant Chaturdashi, which has been declared as a local holiday for district administration officers.
Devi Ahilya Vishwa-vidhyalaya officials told HT on Saturday that they had to postpone the convocation as the district administration has expressed its inability to provide ample security on Monday, as most of the police personnel and administrative officials were busy in Anant Chaturdashi processions that will be taken out across the city on the intervening night between Sunday and Monday.
The university had sought security from the administration as governor Ram Naresh Yadav and state higher and technical education minister Umashanker Gupta were supposed to attend the event.
The convocation of 2012-13 batch has already been delayed by three months as the convocation for the 2011-12 batch was held on June 28, which was also attended by President Pranab Mukherjee.
University’s media in-charge Chandan Gupta confirmed: “The annual convocation has been postponed by nearly two weeks due to unavoidable reasons. The university will declare fresh date within a few days.”
The university’s sudden decision to defer the convocation has come as a surprise to many as the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya has completed all the preparations for convocation. The university was set to conduct its final full-fledge dress rehearsals on Sunday.
When contacted, district collector P Narhari said, “The DAVV did not inform the district administration about the programme. As soon as we came to know about the programme, we had informed the governor’s office and expressed our inability to provide all facilities as per protocol.”
Additional district magistrate, Deepak Singh, said, “Since the most of the police personnel and administrative officials will be busy in the (Anant Chaturdashi) procession duty, which continue for the whole night (up to 3 am), the administration would not able to provide security for any big event. Every year thousands of devotees throng Indore to bid adieu to lord Ganesha, the next day is a public holiday.”