INDORE: Calling upon students to be socially sensitive, Governor and Chancellor of state universities Om Prakash Kohli here on Thursday said that educated youth would be discharging their social responsibility if they teach cashless transactions to people who are not acquaint with this technology.
“In these times of cash crunch, the Prime Minister has asked literate youth to take resolution that each one of them would teach cashless transactions to at least 10 people. This is a social responsibility. If one person teaches cashless transaction to non-technology savvy people, then he is discharging his social responsibility,” Kohli said while addressing the convocation ceremony of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) at university auditorium on Thursday.
As many as 57 PhD students were conferred degrees and 125 meritorious students of 2012-13 and 2013-14 batches were awarded gold and silver medals during the convocation.
On the basis of her academic performance, MBBS student Isha Sharma was awarded seven medals, including five gold and two silver medals. Another MBBS student Ritu Bansal received six medals including four gold and two silver medals.
In his address, Kohli stressed on the need for producing a workforce that is not only professional competent and employment ready but also socially sensitive.
“We need such educated youth who are sensitive to social problems like poverty, unemployment and inequality and participate in eradicating the same,” he said.
The Chancellor stated that a large number of people in the country do not have access to higher education and they needed to be brought on board by expanding higher education.
“The country has more than 50 per cent of the population in the age bracket of 25 and 30. This is a demographic dividend. This dividend can become a burden on us if they were not educated, made professionally competent and job ready,” he said.
He also asked universities to improve quality of education so that they could figure into top-200 universities of the world.
Kohli said that the DAVV should tie-up with leading universities of the country and abroad so that its students can get a broader exposure.
Chief guest of the convocation, GLA University (Mathura) vice chancellor DS Chauhan said that Indian universities can produce better students in comparison to foreign universities, if they were provided with better facilities.
Vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad said that the DAVV is a Grade A accredited university and has applied for model university status. He sought the Chancellor’s intervention so that the status could be granted by the state government to the DAVV at the earliest.
Registrar VK Singh conducted the programme and proposed vote of thanks.
CONVOCATION DECORUM NOT MAINTAINED
Some executive council members of DAVV, chief guest Chauhan and special guest MLA Usha Thakur were seen violating the decorum of convocation. While EC member Jamila Jaliwala was seen sitting on convocation dais crossing her legs, a few others were seen sharing jokes while the ceremony was underway. Thakur, who was one of the guests of the ceremony, was seen moving her chair from one place to another and also playing a “musical chair”. Chief guest Chauhan was busy with his mobile phone during the ceremony. Teachers off the dais expressed disappointment on seeing these scenes. In 2009, some EC members had not maintained decorum of convocation. Taking a note of this, Raj Bhawan had stopped providing space to EC members and deans on the convocation dais.
PARENTS RECEIVE MEDAL ON BEHALF OF DECEASED DAUGHTER
I t was an emotional moment during the ceremony when tribal parents of a deceased girl walked towards convocation to receive gold medal on her behalf.
Vinita Machar, a native of Ranapur village in Jhabua district, had topped the university in MSc in Zoology in 2013. Last year, Vinta was killed in a road mishap when she was coming to Indore to participate in BEd entrance test.
As per DAVV rules, medals are conferred on students who are present at the convocation. In absentia, the medal is not conferred on any person recommended by the student.
The registrar stated that in the case of Vinita, the university set aside the rules and permitted her proud parents to receive medal on her behalf.