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Too late: 7 medals for maths reach Lucknow University topper after 31 years

Dr Vinita Vijai née Srivastav received seven gold medals for securing highest position in MSc (mathematics) among all the faculties in 1986. They were handed over to her in 2017.

cities Updated: Mar 29, 2017 11:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Dr Vinita Vijai née Srivastav, now an associate professor and head of the mathematics department of Lucknow’s 130-year-old Isabella Thoburn College, proudly displays the medals she won for mathematics.

LUCKNOW It took a student of the Lucknow University (LU) over three decades to get her medals. Reason: The convocation was not held in the year this student topped.

Dr Vinita Vijai née Srivastav, now an associate professor and head of the mathematics department of Lucknow’s 130-year-old Isabella Thoburn (IT) College, received not just one or two but seven gold medals for securing highest position in M Sc (mathematics) among all the faculties in 1986.

After 31 years, vice chancellor of the LU SP Singh presented her the medals in the presence of controller of examination AK Sharma on March 27 (Monday).

“I’m really thrilled. My family was overjoyed to see my medals. My son danced with joy. My entire family is celebrating as it something that has come from no-hope zone. What a moment it was when Prof SP Singh presented me those medals one after the other. Had it been at a convocation function, it would have created much hustle and bustle. But as they say it is better than never,” said 51-year-old Dr Vinita.

This was the second time in six months that LU presented medals to its student after prolonged delays. What inspired Dr Vinita to pursue her case was a retired LU professor Anil Kumar Singh who received his gold medal after 44 years. Singh obtained his postgraduate degree in chemistry way back in 1971.

“This one off development had set precedence for others. This gave me the courage to ask the university (for the medals). My first request went to the registrar on April 11, 2016, then to the vice chancellor on May 20, 2016. I made one last request to the controller of examination dated December 19, 2016 in which I sought to get medals in the convocation held in January 2017. But I did not get any reply from the University,” she said.

Dr Vinita then decided to meet new vice chancellor SP Singh personally. “Prof Singh immediately acted on my request made to him on March 1, 2017. And on March 27, I got my medals. A dream of 31 years, which I never thought would be fulfilled, has been realised. And the VC’s humility was so apparent when he graciously said it was my right and I truly deserved it,” she said, thanking AK Sharma who made it happen.

“I would also like to thank each and every person involved in the entire process. This is really extraordinary that the university has considered this case and acted so efficiently. The whole world should know about this out-of-the-world act of the vice chancellor as well as the university. And of course, I will also get recognition in public. It doesn’t matter if it has happened after 31 years. My thanks to all my teachers of MSc, especially Prof SN Srivastava,” she said.

“It my father’s dream too. He was the person who motivated me to work towards getting the highest position. He was after me to put up my case and claim medals from the LU,” said Dr Vinita who did B Sc From IT College in 1984. She did M Sc and PhD from the Lucknow University.

First Published: Mar 29, 2017 10:46 IST