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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Jagannath University

No convocation in 13 years

A Correspondent, JnU
No convocation in 13 years

Since the establishment of Jagannath University (JnU), no attempt has been made to hold convocation. Rather, the university authorities give away certificates to its former students without any formal gathering. University sources say that since its establishment in 2005, the university has been admitting students in all departments, rolling out 13 batches till now. Around 60,000 students have completed their graduation but have been denied a convocation ceremony.

In the first to the seventh batches of the university, including postgraduate students, 38,659 pupils completed their education. Students of Jagannath College of sessions 2003–04 and 2004–05, who completed their honours and master’s, numbering 19,271, are being issued certificates by the university. As a result, 57,930 students have already qualified for attending convocations. The delay in organising the convocation is only increasing the number of students who are entitled to take part.

But the university administration has not organised any convocation for these students, who finished their graduation. Instead, on April 16, 2014 the university issued a notice, saying the students could collect their original certificates. The university authorities had said at that time that there was a shortage of experienced people to organise convocation.

Later, the university administration gave the excuse of space crisis at the university. The university administration's decision to organise the convocation has angered the former and current students. They are demanding convocation through social media.

 This has caused discontent among the students, as they wish to attend convocations held with all the grandeur and solemnity where they would get their certificates from the chancellor. Students say to wear the black gown and get a certificate at a formal function was a great event in a student’s life.

Almost all the public universities of the country, including the national university, have arranged convocations, but Jagannath University has failed to do so despite being a reputed public university. Students and teachers feel it is possible to organise the event at the university’s central playground.

 JnU Socialist Students’ Front President Mujahid Anik said: “Every student dreams of entering the workplace with the original certificate obtained at a convocation. I hope that the administration will honour the expectation of students by organising convocations.”

A few teachers and students alleged that the authorities were not holding convocations due to indifference and political discord on the campus.

 Zohrul Ahmed, a final-year year student of Political Science Department, blamed both the present and previous authorities for their failure to arrange the convocation.

Some teachers said: “The convocation is a part of university culture. When the authorities fail to hold it over the years, one can raise questions regarding the standard of education at the university.” When connected, VC Mijanur Rahman said convocations would be held once the university campus is shifted to Keraniganj, where it already has 200 acres of land.

But JnU Socialist Students’ Front and Students’ Union thinks that if the convocation is to be organised after shifting to a new campus, it would take about 15 to 20 years.

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