More than 90,000 students will get their degrees and doctorates at the first Convocation of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH), created after the original JNTU was split into four Universities, being held on November 27 at Shilpakalavedika.

“For the first time the University is also giving an award to the best thesis submitted in the University,” said the Vice Chancellor, D.N. Reddy at a press conference here on Wednesday. From next year best thesis award would be given for both engineering and science streams.

Prof. Reddy said that the Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) D.P. Agarwal will deliver the Convocation address this year. However, the honorary doctorates given to prominent people will not be given this year due to the absence of Executive Council, which has to approve such decisions.

Prof. Reddy rejected the reports that the University degrees will not be recognised as the Executive Council (EC), which has to approve the degrees doesn’t exist thus nullifying the Convocation itself. He said the Monitoring and Development Committee constituted with APSCHE Chairman, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Finance Secretary and Commissioner of Technical Education in the absence of EC has approved it. Moreover, legal opinion was obtained and there is no problem. If the need arises opinion of the Advocate General will also be taken in this issue, he said.

He said the University could not wait till the formation of EC to conduct Convocation as there was a demand from students going abroad for higher education. “It is unfair to ask them to pay Rs. 3,000 to get the degree in absentia.”