Special Correspondent

He studied in city school, college

MADURAI: N. Vedachalam, a scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Thiruvananthapuram, will be conferred Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) by Madurai Kamaraj University at its 43rd annual convocation on Tuesday.

The scientist, who studied at Setupati Higher Secondary School and Thiagarajar College of Engineering here, had worked with eminent space scientists such as Vikram Sarabhai and Sathish Dhawan.

Vice-Chancellor R. Karpaga Kumaravel told reporters on Friday that Prof. Vedachalam had made substantial contribution for the successful launch of PSLVs and GSLVs. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala would preside over the convocation ceremony while Ved Prakash, Vice-Chairperson, University Grants Commission, will deliver the convocation address.

The number of candidates who are receiving the degree from varsity this year has gone up substantially. A total of 47,463 candidates would get their degrees this year as against 37,000 candidates last year.

Dr. Kumaravel said that 234 candidates would be getting their Ph. Ds this year compared to 199 last year. Prizes and medals would be presented to 72 candidates.

Elaborate arrangements had been made by the university for the convenience of students and their parents who would take part in the convocation.

University buses would ply from two points in the city — Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand and Arapalayam Bus Stand — at 8 a.m. and they would reach the university via Periyar Bus Stand.

I. Singaram, Registrar, S. Shanmugiah, Controller of Examinations, and S. Vadivelu, Director of Distance Education, were among those present at the press conference.