On Monday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) declared that it will conduct its fourth annual convocation ceremony virtually in November this year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
JNU registrar Pramod Kumar notified, the decision to hold a virtual function this year was taken by the executive council (EC) of the institute, On Monday in a statement issued.
He said in the statement, In the view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual ceremony this year will be virtual. Pramod Kuma further added, a notification will be issued, Soon asking the students to register themselves for contributing to the virtual convocation.
This will be the fourth annual ceremony of the JNU. The first convocation of JNU was held in 1972, but the ceremony was called off for a long period due to a controversial speech by the then student union president. It resumed in 2018 after 46 years.
M Jagadish Kumar, JNU Vice-Chancellor said, A convocation is a momentous moment in the life of a student. The main purpose of the convocation is to celebrate the scholarly success of a student. Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Variety was instructed to perform the convocation to formulate an outstanding event for the students.
He further added, In November the annual ceremony committee will work on the details of conducting virtual programs for some time.
Other educational institutions such as IIT-Gandhinagar and IIT-Bombay have held virtual convocation events this year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19.
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Surajjit Majumdar, secretary of the JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) said, In general, the faculty has no role in convocation, whether offline or online. We are more concerned about issues related to teaching-learning and research than celebrations. The JNU administration’s approach stands in sharp contrast.