The long wait of hundreds of students belonging to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 batches of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) in Indore will finally end, as the university is slated to organise its 51st annual convocation ceremony after a gap of two-and-a-half years on Thursday.
The university has clubbed the convocation ceremonies of both the batches after it was cancelled twice last year due to several reasons including poor health of the then chancellor, Ram Naresh Yadav.
The programme will be held at the university auditorium. Chancellor of all state universities and governor Omprakash Kohli will chair the function, while Prof. DS Chouhan, vice-chancellor of JLA University, Mathura will be invited the chief guest.
State higher education minister Sanjay Pathak and city mayor Malini Goud will be present as the special guests.
This year, the DAVV will honour as many 272 meritorious students with gold and silver medals, including 139 medals to students of 2012-13 batch and 135 medals to 2013-14 batch students, while PhDs will be awarded to 61 research scholars.
About 45,000 students, including 33,000 graduates, 11,000 postgraduates, 375 MPhil and 185 PhD scholars, would be conferred degrees in absentia.
On Wednesday, university conducted the final dress rehearsal ahead of the programme.
Girls outshine boys in number of medals won
Girl students at university have once again outshone their male counterparts in terms of number of medals, with a total of 204 medals for girls against 68 to boys.
In 2012-13 batch, 86 girls will bag gold medals and 14 will get silver. Isha Sharma of Index Medical College and Research Centre will get the top number of medals, including five gold and two silver for brilliant academic performance, followed by engineering student Utkarsh Agrawal, who will get four gold medals.
In 2013-14 batch, 90 girls would be awarded gold medals, while 14 will get silver. Boys will get 26 gold and two silver medals. MBBS student Ritu Bansal will take four gold and two silver medals for her outstanding academic record, followed by engineering student Anshu Hirani who will take four gold medals.
No Angavastrams for convocation this year
Following the standing committee decision, DAVV will go for traditional gowns and caps as convocation dress this year. Earlier, DAVV has decided to opt angavastram, a stole draped over the shoulders, instead the gown and cap.
However, vice-chancellors of other universities raised objections during the standing committee, saying it would be inappropriate that one university changes convocation dress while others continue with the tradition of wearing gowns. Following this, DAVV decided to stick to the old dress code.
MEDALS AT A GLANCE
Total Medals: 272 (139 to students of 2012-13 batch and 135 to 2013-14 batch.
2012-13 batch: 5 gold and 2 silver medals for Isha Sharma; 4 gold medals to Utkarsh Agrawal
2013-14 batch: 4 gold and 2 silver medals to Ritu Bansal; 4 gold medals to Anshu Hirani