Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) announced on Monday that, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be holding its fourth annual convocation ceremony practically in November this year.
In a statement released on Monday, JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said the decision to hold a virtual ceremony this year was made by the university’s executive board (EC).
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the convening will be virtual this year. A notification will be posted shortly asking students to register to attend the virtual assembly, ”he said in the statement.
This is the university’s fourth convocation ceremony. The first convocation of the JNU took place in 1972. However, due to a controversial speech by the then President of the Student Union, the ceremony was suspended for a long period. She was resumed in 2018 after 46 years.
JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said that despite the coronavirus pandemic, the university had decided to hold the gathering to make it a memorable event for the students.
“A draft is a special moment in a student’s life. It’s about celebrating a student’s academic achievement after years of hard work by university, family members, and friends. I have no doubt that the convocation strengthens students’ sense of belonging to their alma mater. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we have therefore decided to hold the gathering and make it an unforgettable event for our students, ”he said in a statement.
“The convening committee will work out details of how the virtual event will run in November,” he said.
Several other educational institutions, including IIT-Bombay and IIT-Gandhinagar, have convened online this year due to the current situation.
JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) secretary, Surajit Mazumdar, said: “The faculty is generally not involved in the convocation, whether offline or online. We are more concerned about the issues of teaching, learning, and research than about ceremonies. The approach of the JNU administration is exactly the opposite. “