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Special convocation proves a damp squib

A SPECIAL convocation held after 17 years turned out to be a drab affair and failed to impress both the students and staff. It was vice-chancellor Dr Rajkamal?s brainchild.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 03:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A SPECIAL convocation held after 17 years turned out to be a drab affair and failed to impress both the students and staff. It was vice-chancellor Dr Rajkamal’s brainchild.

For some time before the ceremony, university mandarins seemed to have put everything on hold and diverted their energy towards making the event successful.

However, a series of misfortunes jinxed the affair. The idea itself faced stiff opposition on presentation during the Executive Committee (EC) meeting.

Overcoming this hurdle did not stop the series of bad spells and only one of the seven dignitaries, on whom the honorary doctorate degrees were to be conferred, eventually made it in person.

The name of chief guest also changed several times after the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Chief Minister declined the offer. Finally, Chancellor and Governor Dr Balram Jakhar accepted to be the chief guest.

The jinx did not end there as the function of distributing gold medals to varsity toppers and achievers attached with the main convocation ceremony also failed to attract good response. Of a total of about 200 such students, only 47 arrived while 125 did not attend due to varied reasons.

Undeterred by the setbacks, Dr Rajkamal has decided to pursue the matter by sending high-ranking officials to bestow the unclaimed honorary doctorate on six distinguished guests who could not attend the ceremony.

Similarly, a proposal of either sending awards by post or organising a separate ceremony is also being mulled over. A decision in this regard would soon be taken once Dr Rajkamal returns from Pune.

Imposing self-discipline
TAKING A cue from the recent child molestation incident at a private girls school run by a prestigious educational organisation, school education officials have decided to make checking an important part of the inspection routine.
On the ground of anonymity, division and district-level officials accepted that an enquiry has been integrally and internally appended in all inspections of government schools henceforth.

Looking at the severity of the incident and the repercussions it drew as an aftermath has quite naturally sent alarm signals ringing throughout the academic circle and distressed officials for the fear of facing public ire if such an incident recurs. Officials believe it is right to impose self-discipline as a precautionary measure at their own level. The move is being silently accepted and appreciated by one and all.

Minister of empty promises
MINISTER OF State for Higher Education Tukojirao Puar is fast gaining a reputation of a politician giving assurances without any chance of their fulfillment. First, it was the B Ed wrangle in which a large number of colleges all over the State were found to be functioning without proper clearance. Action against them was delayed and neutralised to a large extent despite the promise of stringent action.

Later, Maharshi College students from the City, feeling cheated by their administration on the same lines and having exceeded the last date for filling examination forms, took to the streets and demanded registration of a criminal case against the college management. The minister concerned failed to deliver on this point too.

The question of appointing a regular registrar in the four-star DAVV also remains unanswered. The matter has been raised several times and the acting V-C also made a request in this context.  There was also talk of shifting the registrar removed from DAVV to Barkatullah University, Bhopal, and bringing their registrar here but that too seems to have died down.

More recently, the recommendation of transferring Holkar Science College principal Dr Narendra Dhakad — made during a magisterial enquiry probing the suicide of a student over an alleged ragging case — also seems to have fallen on deaf ears. In all these instances, interestingly enough, Puar has made public declarations of taking action soon but how soon remains to be seen.

First Published: Feb 01, 2007 03:01 IST