Ajmer: Girls outnumbered boys in Central University of Rajasthan (CURAJ
) in meritorious performance as 18 girls out of total 22 students got gold medals in different streams during its fourth convocation ceremony held on the campus on Monday. There were about 486 students who were awarded degrees including doctor of philosophy.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister, PK Mishra, said that ritual to wear traditional clothes during convocation programmes has irked many and they have also spoken against it and criticised it. “But the fact is that the idea of convocation came from our ancient Vedic gurukul system,” said Mishra.
He said that Taittriya Upanishad lays out in detail advice given by the guru to his graduating shishyas in the Shiksha Valli that lists golden rules if ethical ways of life. These are — speak the truth; abide by your dharma; never be idle in you studies; whatever deeds are blameless they are to be practiced; whatever good practices are there should be adopted by you. This is the command. This is the teaching. This is the essence of Veda. This is the instruction, Mishra added.
He appealed to all the students present that times have changed and therefore they should also work to help this change by spreading awareness about digital transactions. He quoted dreams of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that “Convocation or ‘Deekshant’ ceremony, does not mean ‘shikshant’ or end of education ceremony.”
He addressed the students and said that Prime Minister Modi has started projects like Swachh Bharat, empowerment of women, Jan Dhan Yojana, Jeevan Jyoti Yojana. These are not merely progammes but a thought for future development and therefore students should spread awareness about these programmes in society so the better part will get benefit of such schemes, said Mishra.
He also described Rajasthan as lively and breathing history and heritage. The state represents the most vibrant manifestations of India’s rich culture, art and architecture and is replete with age-old folklore, customs and traditions.
Vice-chancellor Professor Arun K Pujari congratulated all the graduating students of batch 2016-17, along with their teachers and parents and wished them all the best. He advised the student to remain grounded in their work and not to forget the values instilled in them by their teachers. Registrar KVS Kameshwar Rao offered vote of thanks.
Threes students on indefinite hunger strike in CURAJ
Ajmer: The indefinite strike by three Central University of Rajasthan (CURAJ) students demanding quality food in hostels entered third day on Monday. During the convocation ceremony they were guarded by the police.
Students Sunil Chopra, a scholar and two others, Bal Kishan Kumawat and Kailash sat on hunger strike after giving notice to the university. “Our demands are simple like we want quality food in hostel mess, quality drinking water and want our parents to stay inside campus when they come to meet us,” said Sunil. He said that that this is their university and because of the working of present V-C, the ranking of university in all India level went down from 34 to 156.
He alleged corruption in appointment and also nepotism inside the university and claimed that most of the students had not attended the convocation programme and supported their cause. He alleged that not a single official came to talk to them, “We also talked to the chief guest PK Mishra and told him about our demands but we know he cannot do anything because the matter is related to HRD ministrym” added Sunil.
Varsity shortlisted as institute of eminence
Ajmer: Central University of Rajasthan (CURAJ) is identified as one of the centers for the institute of eminence which was recently announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CURAJ is the only institute in all 12 central universities of India to be selected as such. In this programme, the university will get the budget of Rs 1,000 crores.
Talking to media, vice-chancellor AK Pujari said that this is not only an achievement of the university but even for Rajasthan to have such an institute. Prime Minister Modi has promised a huge budget Rs 10,000 crores and autonomy to 20 universities to compete globally and to be counted among best world institutes while addressing in Patna University on the issue of no Indian institution ranked among top 500 in the world.