The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India has written to all the universities in the country mandating them to hold convocation every year.
Universities skipping convocation
Several universities were skipping their annual convocation event, for instance, West Bengal’s Visva Bharati University held its convocation in May after five years. The Central University of Tripura held its convocation after four years this year where they awarded degrees to all scholars from the last four years. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), held its second convocation this year, forty-six year after its first and only convocation.
New rule by MHRD
According to the new rule of MHRD, it is mandatory for universities to organise convocation every year. The Ministry has also asked all universities to send details of the last convocation held by them.
“Convocation ceremonies must be held regularly and degrees awarded annually as the event carries a huge significance for graduating students and is a moment of pride for their families,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.
“It was found that some universities were not doing the exercise regularly due to either financial or time constraints. However, they are supposed to do it every year,” the official added.