HYDERABAD: Women outshone men, winning 68 of the 80 gold medals on offer during the 81st Convocation of Osmania University which will be held on Wednesday.
Announcing this to the media on Monday, OU Vice Chancellor Prof. D. Ravinder said it is a good sign that women are excelling at the university, as most of them are from the rural areas.
Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chancellor of Osmania University, will preside over the convocation. DRDO Chairman Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, who is also secretary, department of defence R&D, will be the chief guest.
The convocation is for students who have passed from OU between 2018 and 2020 and have completed their PhD or have won gold medals.
Prof. Ravinder underlined that women comprising 60 per cent of enrolment in university reflected the success of the government's endeavour to educate girls. “It is all the more successful as strength of rural students is at present more in OU than that of their urban counterparts.”
OU registrar Dr P. Laxminarayana said 750 scholars were eligible for their PhD. Of them, 350 will receive their degree and 80 gold medals. Gold medals bagged by undergraduate students will be awarded at their respective colleges after the convocation. Certificates of all those who have passed PG, UG, diploma and M. Phil will be sent by post.
Controller of examinations Prof. Sriram Venkatesh asked candidates receiving certificates as well medals to report for convocation before 9.30 am. Those accompanying students will be provided an enclosure, where they can watch the event online. The programme will also be streamed live on social media platforms, he added.