PRAYAGRAJ: Even as Allahabad University gives final touches to the preparations for its convocation to be held on November 8, it is now clear that it will not be able to confer the honorary degree of DLitt on noted lyricist Gulzar as the Union ministry of education has not given the permission.
Also, Governor Anandiben Patel, who is the rector of AU, would also be not attending the function because of a prior engagement.
“We have still not received the approval of the ministry for conferring the honorary degree of DLitt on Gulzar Shaheb, and hence he would not be attending the convocation ceremony,” AU public relation officer (PRO) Jaya Kapoor told reporters on Saturday.
The decision to confer an honorary degree to Gulzar was taken by the varsity’s Academic Council and the Executive Council. Following this, a proposal was prepared and sent to the Union ministry of education. However, the ministry did not approve the proposal.
Union minister for education Dharmendra Pradhan will be the chief guest at the convocation function. Similarly, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and managing director Ashish Chauhan will join the function in the capacity of AU Chancellor.
A total of 263 medals would be awarded to the meritorious students and 550 students would be awarded with PhD degrees in the function. These would be for academic sessions 2018-19 and 2019-20.
For the academic session 2018-19, Chancellor’s Gold Medal would be awarded to Himanshu Dubey of BALLB, Neha Mishra of BSc Bio would be given Chancellor’s Silver medal and Kulbhushan Tiwari of BA will be awarded Chancellor’s Bronze Gold Medal.
At the same time, Shivnekar Revathi Vijay of MSc Cognitive Science in postgraduate courses will be awarded Chancellor’s Gold Medal and Shreya Agarwal of MSc Computer Science will be awarded Chancellor’s Silver Gold Medal.


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