Gour Banga Varsity awaits Guv nod for second convocation

Pratul Mukherjee, Abhirup Sarkar being considered for D.Litt
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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
11 Jan 2017

University of Gour Banga (UGB) is going have its second convocation in the third week of February or the first week of March depending on the availability of the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the varsity. Prof Gopalchandra Mishra, the vice chancellor (VC) of the UGB said that a letter was sent to the chancellor requesting him to confer the degrees upon the students on a date convenient for him. Two eminent personalities from the fields of music and social sciences and one from science would be conferred upon honourary D.Litt and D.Sc degrees in the convocation as learnt from the sources in the varsity.

The UGB had its court meeting on January 10 where it was resolved that proposed date of the second convocation on February 19 would be altered as the chancellor would not be available on the said date. 17 out of 36 members including the nominee of the chancellor was present in the court meeting, the VC informed.

“We initially thought of fixing February 19 as the date of convocation as it is the foundation day of the varsity. But as the honourable chancellor would not be able to attend the convocation on the said date and as the court members are very keen to hold the convocation in his presence, we decided to send a letter to the chancellor requesting him for an alternate date in the third week of February or the first week of March,” Prof Mishra said.

Although the VC conceded that D.Litt and D.Sc would be conferred upon the eminent personalities in the second convocation as well, he refused to comment in this regard any further stating the matter as varsity’s internal issue. “I cannot comment in this regard as the matter cannot be finalized till we get the nod of the chancellor,” he said.

However, UGB sources informed that an acclaimed singer and a social scientist may be considered for the honourary D. Litt. “Names of Pratul Mukherjee and Dwijen Mukherjee, two widely regarded Bengali singers are under consideration for honourary D.Litt. Prof Abhirup Sarkar may be conferred upon honourary D.Litt as a social scientist,” a court member said on strict condition of anonymity.