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LS Speaker, Jharkhand governor face ABVP wrath over convocation gown

ABVP workers block vehicle of Sumitra Mahaja and Droupadi Murmu pressing for traditional dress at the Ranchi University convocation.

ranchi Updated: Jul 05, 2016 22:47 IST
Saurav Roy
ABVP workers try to stop the car of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Ranchi on Tuesday.
ABVP workers try to stop the car of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Ranchi on Tuesday. (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday stopped Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu’s vehicle for five minutes to press for Indian attire during the Ranchi university convocation.

Mahajan was the chief guest for the 30th convocation ceremony. In all, 2931 students were conferred degrees on the occasion. She had come to the venue on the governor’s vehicle. But, the ABVP members stopped the vehicle right in front of the convocation ground’s main gate. However, the administration soon got the road cleared.

The protesting students’ union members also blocked the way of state education minister Neera Yadav for about 10 minutes demanding the same.

“We only want the university to understand that making gowns mandatory was unfair since gowns aren’t a part of Indian culture. The students who want to take their degrees in traditional wear should be allowed to do so,” said Atal Pandey, convener, ABVP Ranchi.

The ABVP and RU administration had been at loggerheads over the convocation dress code for over a month. The RU had made it mandatory for all students to wear a gown for being eligible to accept degrees at the ceremony. The vice chancellor Ramesh Kumar Pandey had even said that students won’t be given their degrees if they do not wear convocation gown.

The ABVP had last month handed over a memorandum to Pandey seeking permission to let students receive degrees in traditional outfits if they so wished.

Meanwhile, girls trumped boys at the convocation ceremony on Tuesday by bagging 55 out of total 99 gold medals.

Shikha Anand of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) 2014 batch emerged one of the top achievers by bagging three gold medals –MBBS, Dr. Barmeshwar Prasad Memorial Gold Medal, Savitri Devi Gupta Gold Medal.

“There is no substitute for hard work and sincerity. I will attribute my success to my parents, they were a great support,” said Shikha, a 2014 pass out, who is doing her MD from King George Medical College in Lucknow.

Addressing the 2014 and 2015 pass outs, Mahajan urged them to avoid running after salary packages and work for the development of their society, village, state and country instead.

She asked the students to develop a technology that can help collection and recycle of plastic since it was a growing concern for the environment.

“You all should focus on developing special skills. Explore new ideas as Einstein once said imagination was greater than knowledge,” said Mahajan.

There are 16 constituent and 54 affiliated colleges across five districts under Ranchi University, which has more than 75,000 students on its rolls. Constituent colleges are part of and maintained by the university, while affiliated colleges are independent educational institutes that offer degrees under the university’s name.

Governor Murmu told the students to be ready to leave the city of their comfort and dedicate themselves to the task of nation building.

“Let empathy, ethics and excellence be your guiding principles for life. The youth has a vital role to play in nation building,” said Murmu.