VARANASI,: Banaras Hindu University will confer 14,600 degrees to the graduands at its 103rd convocation, slated to take place on December 16, 2023, at the varsity’s Swatantrata Bhavan. Addressing a curtain raiser press conference at the Central Registry on Thursday, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir Kumar Jain informed that a total of 539 medals will be presented to students across institutes and faculties. We are conferring 31 medals from the dais at the main function.
Prof. Jain said that convocation is one of the most special and memorable moments for any university student. “BHU students share a very unique bond with the university. Convocation is an occasion to further strengthen this bond as students prepare themselves to venture into their professional journey. We have tried our best to make the occasion glitch-free to ensure that the graduands take with them the best of the memories”, added the Vice-Chancellor. He also urged all the students to register themselves on BHU’s alumni portal (https://alumni.bhu.ac.in/) and contribute to taking the university on the path of growth and glory.
He said that one unique feature for this year’s convocation is that all the four colleges admitted to the privileges will be hosting their own degree distribution functions at the BHU campus. “We understand the sentiments of colleges for planning and shaping their own big moments. This year’s convocation is enabling them to enjoy this liberty, which is in line with BHU’s commitment to strengthen and empower its colleges.”
Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, is the chief guest of the convocation program. “It will be a unique opportunity for all of us to listen to the convocation address by such an eminent scientist and academician,” said Prof. Jain.
Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood is also the Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, & Innovation Advisory Council. He is a National Science Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A doctorate in physics from IISc Bangalore, Prof. Sood’s contribution to academics and scientific research has been acknowledged by many awards, including the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has also received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research, the Millennium Gold Medal of the Indian Science Congress Association, Sir C. V. Raman Award of the UGC, Homi Bhabha Medal of the Indian National Science Academy and several other coveted awards and felicitations.
This year a total of 7693 students are receiving undergraduate degrees, while 5760 students are being presented postgraduate degrees. 986 PhD, 29 M.Phil, and 3 D.Litt degrees will also be conferred during the 103rd convocation event.