Prof CNR Rao to be given honorary doctorate
ABOUT 23,090 degrees are to be awarded at the convocation function of UP Technical University (UPTU) on November 29. However, the varsity top brass have decided that only 7,000 candidates who have scored over 70 per cent marks would be invited on the stage to receive their degrees from eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao, who is also the chairman, Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister.
The varsity is upbeat about Prof Rao having given his consent for the function. “Our V-C just sent an e-mail to Prof Rao requesting him to grace the occasion.
And, he readily agreed,” a member of V-C’s staff said. When contacted UPTU V-C Prof Prem Vrat said that the presence of Prof Rao at the varsity’s convocation would give a fillip to his efforts in projecting the varsity as one of the leading varsities of the country. At the convocation, Prof Rao would be awarded honorary doctorate. UPTU would thus become the 41st university, including 10 from outside India, which have similarly honoured the top scientist. The V-C said after being awarded the honorary degree, Prof Rao would become an alumnus of UPTU. “We could then request him to do his best for his institute!” Prof Vrat said. The V-C said that the acceptance by Prof Rao was a big thing.
“Recently Prof Rao was honoured by Delhi university along with Amitabh Bachchan and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. So, for UPTU staff and students November 29 would be a day to cherish,” Prof Vrat said. The V-C said that the varsity too might consider inviting and honouring celebrities like AB later.
The varsity has about 238 institutions under its control. Of these, 98 are B Tech colleges, 58 B Pharma, 89 MCA, 103 MBA, 5 hotel management, 3 B Arch and 8 are M Tech colleges. Principals/directors of all these institutions would be present at the convocation. The varsity also has 482 Ph.D scholars enrolled.
They too would be present. In front of Prof Rao, about 7,000 degree recipients would be taking an oath for the first time. “Henceforth, the recipients of the degrees would be under oath to do their best for the varsity in later years,” Prof Vrat said. The ‘oath’ is generally administered in IITs and because Prof Vrat has been a product of IIT system right through his career, he has introduced the concept here.
Governor TV Rajeswar and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav too would be present at the convocation function.