All eyes went up in admiration as the Uttar Pradesh governor conferred chancellor’s medals to highfliers of Lucknow University one after another during a grand convocation on the campus on Wednesday.
The excitement among the medal winners and recipients of degrees was palpable as the convocation was being held after a gap over two years.
Dressed in red gown, the medal winners patiently waited for their turn with their parents and close ones. But, all jaws dropped as the governor awarded Chancellor’s Gold to Sonal Agarwal who suffers from acute low vision syndrome and yet secured 76.26% (highest) in MA (Psychology). Her perseverance proved that that intelligence was greater than eyesight.
This visionary girl had to be escorted to the stage to collect the medal and the certificate from the governor and back as she could hardly see the stairs and the stage.
Unfazed by the words of admiration, Sonal quietly smiled and went past deputy chairman planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and vice-chancellor G Pattanaik with confidence and folded hands. Sonal wants to be teacher to help those like study and excel. Claps, wows and well-done rent the air as other winners began to collect their medals.
Ankita Sharma of MSc biochemistry received the Chancellor’s silver medal for best student among all faculties in post-graduation. She was back again to collect another Chancellor’s silver medal for having been adjudged the best women student of the university.
Ankita agreed with chancellor BL Joshi when he said quality of research work was a cause of concern. Sharik Idris of maths department received 10 medals to and Shyam Prakash MA (AIH) and Neha Verma (BA final) nine each. Chakravarti gold medal for service went to Ashish Shukla for being most helpful in general social life of the university. Pragya Upadhyay bagged the medal for best NCC cadets. Banarjee medal went to Atindra Kumar Pandey for thesis on “Genotoxicity Assessment of Pesticide Profenofos to Freshwater Murrel, Channa punctatus after In Vivo Exposure.
Observing smiles and satisfaction on parents’ faces, Montek Singh Ahluwalia remarked that events like convocation were more heartening for parents than their children. No doubt, there is no bigger moment in life for any parent than to see their kids scale new heights.