Guru Nanak Dev University’s girl students on Wednesday stole the show at the 41st annual convocation, with more than 77% of the total degree awardees, including bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD students, were girls.
Out of the total 152 gold medals conferred at the convocation, 118 recipients were girls.
Impressed by their performance, chief guest Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, the governor of Punjab, said: “Today I feel proud to see that after 15 girls one boy was awarded a degree. There is no need to raise slogans of ‘Naari Shakti’, if the ratio of girls getting degrees is so high. It symbolises naari shakti.
“A country where women are educated will definitely progress. It is a very good sign if the ratio of girls receiving education is more than boys.”
The governor also conferred a Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) degree upon Rattan Singh Jaggi, life fellow, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree upon Bernhard Peter Jakob Blümich, professor and chair of macromolecular chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
Solanki, who is also GNDU chancellor, said, “Students are the future of our nation. They should live with self-esteem and work for the welfare of the nation. It is a moral responsibility of the students to payback to their society. The youth should not be demanding but commanding.”
GNDU vice-chancellor Prof AS Brar, and registrar Prof Sharanjit Singh Dhillon coordinated the convocation, while Prof Paramjit Singh, dean, academic affairs, gave the vote of thanks.
At the convocation, the governor gave away PhD, MPhil and postgraduate degrees, while the vice-chancellor conferred undergraduate degrees on students.
Dhillon told Hindustan Times, “Girls have made the university proud. Of the total 574 degrees awarded at the convocation, 444 were girls. As many as 118 degrees were awarded to PhD students, including 70 girls. Of the total 40 Mphil degrees awarded, 30 were girls. In masters degrees, of the total 251, girls were 207; and in bachelors, of the total 165, 137 were girls.”
Prof Solanki said, “Our universities have enormous responsibility of building the nation by enriching higher education system. And therefore, it’s imperative that there is an ideal integration of teaching, research, working experience and community development to enhance professional competence of our students and to enable them to contribute to the nation.”
Prof Solanki said, “I strongly believe that apart from curriculum-based education, inculcating moral and spiritual values into our future generation is essential.”