Over 470 students will be awarded their Ph.D. degrees at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) fifth convocation ceremony. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the chief guest at the convocation to be held Thursday in virtual mode owing to the pandemic. Satish Garkoti, Rector II of the university, said 479 students have registered for the convocation.
All are Ph.D. students. Their names will be announced during the online JNU convocation ceremony and they will be able to collect the degrees and certificates later, he said.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest at the third convocation in 2019, which saw protests by students over hostel fee hike, forcing then HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” to stay inside the venue for over six hours.
Last year, the convocation was held online due to Covid with President Ram Nath Kovind gracing the occasion.