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Special convocation jinxed?

DAVV ACTING Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal?s dream convention on January 29 to confer honorary doctorates on renowned personalities of the country seems to be jinxed.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 15:19 IST

DAVV ACTING Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal’s dream convention on January 29 to confer honorary doctorates on renowned personalities of the country seems to be jinxed.

Doctorates are to be conferred on luminaries including Narayan Murthy of Infosys, Shiv Nadar of HCL, Dr Rahul Bajaj of Bajaj Auto, Dr S Ramadurai of TCS, B Ramlinga Raju of Satyam Computers, Dr Varghese Kurien of Amul and Dr Karsan Bhai Patel of Nirma at the convocation.

Since such a mega event was being held after 17 years, DAVV wanted a VVIP as chief guest. But, their problems began in the very beginning. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram turned down the invitation and even Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan shied away. Their last hope is Chancellor Balram Jakhar whose consent will be the saving grace.

Then came the next problem. Some of the people getting doctorates have shown disinterest and excused themselves. Narayan Murthy, Shiv Nadar and Dr Rahul Bajaj have sent ‘regrets’, while consent from Dr S Ramadurai and B Ramlinga Raju is awaited. Only Varghese Kurien and Dr Karsan Bhai Patel have agreed to attend.

The V-C has attributed the refusal of the above to attend to Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s visit to Europe on the same dates, where top industrialists will accompany him.

As if all that were not enough, DAVV mandarins are now stuck on the colour scheme of gowns to be worn during the convention. Meeting after meeting is being held without an outcome. Around 150 persons including Chancellor, V-C,
Registrar, 16 Deans, 16 EC members and 124 Academic Council members will be wearing gowns with different colours.

Originally the colours of gowns worn in the function 17 years ago was to be repeated but no consensus has been arrived. A final decision is expected after a few days once Dr Rajkamal, who is in New Delhi, returns.

V-C’s ‘kamaal’…
FED UP with agitations DAVV officials have opened a front against employees by transferring all their demands to the jurisdiction of the State Government. The Vice Chancellor seems to have had enough. The proverbial last straw was the recent demand that employees appointed before 1991 be promoted and upgraded. Dr Rajkamal has washed his hands off the matter.

He is reported to have said that class-III and –IV posts come under the direct control of the Registrar and any action could be taken by him in consultation with the finance officer and the case needs to be submitted to him for approval. Meanwhile, employees have signalled a strike over daily wagers issue soon.

Milky way to IIM-I…
TRUST MANAGEMENT guys to solve a problem! Which is what Indian Institute of Management -Indore just did. After having shifted to the new campus at Pigdamber, they could have faced the problem of transporting milk to the sprawling campus. But the brains there worked overtime and finally it was decided to set up a Sanchi milk parlour on campus.

The IIM-I’s daily requirement of milk – which includes students’ mess etc – is about 275 litres and needless to say the Indore Sahakari Dugdh Sangh lapped up the offer. Besides milk, other products like Srikhandh, flavoured milk, paneer and ghee would also be available at the parlour. IIM-I director Dr S P Parashar and Dugdh Sangh Maryadit General Manager M Alam Khan were quite pleased at the achievement. Parashar said the opening of the parlour was a step towards self-sufficiency.

While this is definitely good news for the finance management students, what is better news is that nearby industries, institutes, Cancer Care Trust and the people of Pigdamber can avail facilities of the parlour. Gate no 2 of the campus, where the parlour is located, will remain open from 9 am to 9 pm.

First Published: Jan 11, 2007 15:19 IST