I want Chancellor?s medal
A PHILOSOPHY Department topper stakes his claim to a Chancellor?s medal on Wednesday. He alleges that mere academic feat achieved by a student alone is not the deciding factor as the Chancellor?s Gold medal is conferred upon the best student in all the faculties while a Chancellor?s Silver medal for the best PG student.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 00:36 IST
A PHILOSOPHY Department topper stakes his claim to a Chancellor’s medal on Wednesday.
He alleges that mere academic feat achieved by a student alone is not the deciding factor as the Chancellor’s Gold medal is conferred upon the best student in all the faculties while a Chancellor’s Silver medal for the best PG student.
Having secured 78.3 pc in Philosophy in PG, Amit Gupta questions as to why his name was not considered for the Chancellor’s Gold or Silver medal. Gupta made his representation before controller of examination RBS Verma and challenged the entire selection process for these medals.
Lucknow University (LU) officials, however, defended their decision to confer the coveted Chancellor’s Gold Medal to Trijya Singh, daughter of RK Singh, head of Statistics Department. Verma said since Gupta did not send his bio-data when the varsity invited applications for the prized medals, hence his case could not be considered.
He said: “Only those applications were tabled for deliberation that we received from the students when we invited the applications.” Pro V-C RS Yadav too supported the selection of Trijya Singh as according to him Singh is an exemplary talented girl and has participated in number of extra curricular activities.
But, students like Gupta are not willing to buy the theory.
Further, a teacher of Statistics Department, LU alleged that last year there was a lot of a hue and cry over the selection of examiners for statistics final examination at PG level. It was alleged that HoD RK Singh selected them. The teachers and students of the department then termed it as “unethical” and made a representation at Raj Bhawan.
“Thereafter a committee was constituted to look into the matter that cancelled the examiner’s panel and constituted a new panel. The whole exercise delayed the examination of the subject,” they said. Those who are opposing Trijya Singh’s selection argued that under these circumstances doubts are bound to come up.
However, RK Singh challenged those who were questioning his integrity. He said: “My daughter has 80 pc and above in all the examination which alone speaks her academic record. Also she has no mean achievement in extra curricular activities as well. Besides, this I’ve nothing to say.”
Now the million-dollar question is what will LU do if any of the contender make representation to Raj Bhawan? “If that happens then we will have to follow what the Raj Bhawan will direct us to do. So far nobody has made any representation which suggest that there was nothing wrong with out choice,” the Pro V-C said.
First Published: Feb 02, 2006 00:36 IST