TIRUNELVELI: The 15th convocation of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University will be held at the newly established state-of-the-art auditorium on its Abhishekapatti premises on September 28.
A total of 91 Ph.D. scholars and another 109 rank holders will receive their degrees in person from the Chancellor and Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, while 21,998 candidates receive their degrees in absentia.
Addressing the media persons here on Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor, Cynthia Pandian, said that girl students had performed well this time as well, as 65 per cent of the total 22,198 candidates to receive their degrees were women.
Of the 40 rank holders in the undergraduate section, 32 candidates were women and 36 of the 48 medal winners in the post-graduate section are girls. In the M.Phil. category, 17 of the 21 rank holders were women. Only in the Ph.D. results, the men had fared well as 52 of the 91 Ph.D. scholars were men.
“Precisely, of the 200 candidates to receive their degrees in person from the Chancellor on Friday, 124 are women, which shows their development and empowerment under the guidance of the university,” said Dr. Cynthia.
The Chief Guest of the function will be Thirumalachari Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology.
Dr. Ramasami, after obtaining his Master’s Degree in Leather Technology from the University of Madras, he did his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Leeds, England. After working in the United States, he returned to India to join the Central Institute of Leather Technology, Chennai as a scientist in 1984 and served as its director for more than ten years till May 2006 as he was appointed as Secretary, DST.
For his contributions, he was selected for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for chemical sciences in 1993 and national civilian Padma Shri award in 2001.
The highlight of this convocation is that the function would be held at the newly established auditorium on the university premises at the cost of Rs.4.50 crore. Prior to the convocation ceremony, the Chancellor and Governor will inaugurate the 16,032 sq. ft. facility, which is capable of accommodating more than 1,000 persons at any given time. After laying foundation stone for this building, the then Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, allocated Rs.2.30 crore and the rest was borne by the university.
“Though we’ve earmarked Rs.90 lakh for incorporating centralized air-conditioning facility in this landmark building, we’ve appealed to the State Government to sanction this amount,” said Dr. Cynthia, who along with her colleagues inspected the final touches being given to the auditorium on Friday.
The Registrar, MSU, P. Chellathurai, the Controller of Examinations (in-charge), MSU, N. Kannan, the Head, Department of Communication, P. Govindaraju, and the faculty, Department of Communication, Natarjan, were present.