Allahabad University to award D-lit to eminent poet Gulzar at its convocation – Times of India

Prayag: Allahabad University authorities will award the honorary D.Litt to eminent poet Gulzar for his contribution to poetry, film and culture. This degree will be awarded to the eminent poet at the convocation of AU on 23rd September this year.

The decision was made at a meeting of the AU’s Academic Council (AC) held on campus on Wednesday.


“We have started preparations to hold the convocation in an offline mode but if necessary it can be held in an online mode. AU has decided to give D.Litt to the famous poet and soon AU will contact him to get his consent ”, said AU Public Relations Officer, Jaya Kapoor.


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Famous lyricist, poet, writer, screenwriter and film director, recipient of Gulzar Padma Bhushan (2004) and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2013). He has won five National Film Awards, 22 Filmfare Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song (200), a Grammy Award (2010) and a Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu (2002).

It was further decided at the meeting that degrees would be conferred on all the PhD holders of the 2018-19-19-20 session. State Governor Anandi Ben Patel, as rector of the university, has given his consent to attend the convocation. University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof DP Singh and university chancellor Ashish Chauhan have agreed to attend the convocation, the PRO said.


In the wake of the upcoming third wave of the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic, it is learned that two ambulances available with the university will be brought into operation and a new ambulance is being acquired. The challenges that need to be addressed during the second wave will also be the improvement of health facilities for teachers and staff.

Another important decision regarding the recruitment of teachers in the university has approved the roster of vacancies. There are a total of 595 vacancies including 357 for Assistant Professor, 168 for Associate Professor and 70 for Professor.

“Recruitment will follow the UGC regulations of 2018 and PhD will be a mandatory qualification. There will be a written test as an aptitude test for assistant professors based on the NET syllabus. ”


A list of proposed elective and foundation courses was presented in a presentation on the new syllabus for the 4-year UG program under the New Education Policy (NEP). The course will have multiple entry and exit points and will focus on skill enhancement. The second will have a choice between Indian culture, environmental studies, computer applications. There will also be an offer to choose one of the 10 elective courses.

The AC has approved the Sanskrit translation of the motto of AU ‘Quot Rami Tot Arbores’ edited by the head of the Sanskrit department under the direction of Vice-Chancellor Professor Sangeeta Srivastava. The Sanskrit translation is javatya ah shak ah tabanto vriksh or yavati shakh stabanto. “AU will use the Sanskrit version of its logo with the original motto, which is in Latin,” the PRO said.

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