Telangana universities rapped for neglecting convocations
Deccan Chronicle| Anusha Puppala
Students are forced to shell out extra fee to collect certificates.
Hyderabad: Although the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has instructed all universities to conduct convocations every year, many universities in Telangana have failed to conduct convocations every year. Also, students have to pay extra fees to collect their certificates if they were not being given it during convocations.
Osmania University (OU), Telangana University (TU) and Kakatiya University (KU) have not conducted the convocation since the formation of Telangana State, alleged Osmania University Teachers Association (OUTA). MHRD have issued instructions to the universities across the country after learning that the universities are not conducting the convocations.
The ministry has written to all universities mandating them to hold convocation every year after a few universities were found skipping the event. According to the instructions, 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.
Mr Battu Satyanarayana, President- Osmania University Teachers Association (OUTA) said, "If the students receive certificates in their convocation ceremony they don't have to pay anything but if the students take their certificates without convocation ceremony then they have to pay in-absentia from Rs 300 to Rs 500 at the university. However, the charges depend on the universities as JNTUH charge up to Rs 3,500 from each student for their certificates."
Only Mahatma Gandhi University is conducting convocation regularly and Osmania University conducted its last convocation five years ago. "Universities should conduct these convocations every year as students enjoy the convocations and it is a moment of pride for the students as well as their families. Students who receive gold medals during the convocation for the academic year feel privileged," Mr Satyanarayana said.