The study will be conducted by academics working in the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Chair set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in AU at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief said while addressing as the chief guest. The convocation was held at the historic Senate Hall of the Arts Campus.
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The Minister further said that the Modi-led government at the Center was aimed at improving the living standards of the common man who stood at the very beginning of the society and universities could play an important role in this regard. “The research should not be limited to research papers published in well-known journals or publicity of academics, but for the betterment of the society,” said Pradhan. The head has appealed to the AU authorities as well as the country’s higher education institutions to implement employable courses under the new National Education Policy (NEP).
He called on experts from the AU’s sociology department to conduct research on the migration of people witnessed in the country during the epidemic. He also lauded the efforts of the central government in tackling the challenges posed by the epidemic.
“In March-April 2020, our country did not have enough masks or PPE kits, and now we are developing not one, but two effective vaccines against coronavirus and helping different countries by providing these vaccines and without any preconditions, contrary to what China does. The minister praised the country’s efforts to tackle the epidemic.
Asked by academics to promote regional languages, the minister said “the country does not hate English, but that does not mean that regional languages are neglected”. He also gave examples of various developed countries like Japan and China, where their main language is not English and yet they have developed so much.
The minister also asked the university authorities to expedite the process of filling the vacant teacher posts on campus. “As the country moves forward to become a world leader, AU students should also play an important role in preparing them to contribute towards this.”
Meanwhile, Ashish Kumar Chauhan, CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Chancellor of the EU, said in his speech that he was “overwhelmed” to be a part of the EU. He added that it is a matter of pride for him to be the Chancellor of an organization which has made a huge contribution to the future of the country.
Chauhan said he would do everything in his power to see if this great university could continue to do the same in the future. He also expressed happiness that out of 260 medals given to the students at the convocation, about 150 girls have won.
AU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sangeeta Srivastava in her speech spoke about the academic achievements carried out at AU and its academic achievements including setting up an incubation center at the university.
At the convocation ceremony, the Chancellor’s Medal was awarded to 10 meritorious students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, including four gold, four silver and two bronze.
263 toppers have been awarded medals and about 550 research scholars have been awarded PhD degrees.
The Minister also inaugurated the Major Dhyanchand Student Activity Center at the Faculty of Science. Chauhan inaugurated the newly constructed Chandrasekhar Azad International Hostel and Gargi Girls Hostel by Professor Srivastava.
UP cabinet ministers Siddharthanath Singh and Nanda Gopal Gupta Nandi, BJP MPs Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Keshari Devi Patel and Indian hockey coach Piyush Dubey were present on the occasion.
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