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Source: The Indian Express

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is going to organize its convocation virtually this year on 18 November 2020. The fourth edition of the JNU convocation will be conducted online in an online mode owing to the coronavirus pandemic situation and the rules, regulations, and restrictions associated with it. As part of the online JNU 4th convocation, Ph.D. degree students will be awarded their degrees, who graduated from the university in the 2019 and 2020 academic session

The Vice-Chancellor of the university M Jagadesh Kumar, while announcing the decision to hold the JNU convocation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, said: “Convocation is a special moment in the life of a student. It is all about celebrating scholarly achievement…Therefore, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to hold the convocation and make it a memorable event for our students.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be virtually unveiling a life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus on 12 November 2020. This event is scheduled for 12 November 2020 at 6:30 pm. With the support of the alumni, the statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed on the University Campus.

Over alleged research fund cuts and also for the vivas of many Ph.D. scholars not being conducted that to even after submission of the thesis, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has decided to boycott the university’s convocation ceremony later this month.

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“In yet another brazen display of arrogance and insensitivity, despite not even conducting the vivas of many of the Ph.D. scholars more than a year post submission, the JNU administration has announced a convocation on November 18,” said JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh.

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