Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The 42nd annual convocation of the Madurai Kamaraj University will be held on Wednesday with over 37,000 students set to get their degrees.

“One of the salient features of this year’s convocation is that 177 candidates would be getting their Ph.D. degrees. This is a significant research contribution of the university,” Vice-Chancellor, R. Karpaga Kumaravel, said while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

Also, 693 research scholars had registered in the last one year for Ph.D. programmes with 440 being part-time and the rest full time.

Another achievement was that 74 candidates had won prizes and medals from various endowments for their academic achievement. Girls constituted 72 per cent (53) of these winners. In addition, 37,000 candidates would be getting their degrees in absentia.

Speaking about the varsity’s achievements in the past one year, he said that all the colleges affiliated to the varsity had successfully implemented the choice-based credit system.

“Forty six boards sat together and formed the 3,000-page CBCS curriculum for 92 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 50 days,” he said.

Further, the varsity’s School of Biological Sciences had embarked on a networking project with a Rs.10 crore funding from the University Grants Commission. Overall, he said, the varsity had obtained Rs.16.30 crore in funding from various agencies for research activities,

23 research projects

Under the University with Potential for Excellence, 23 research projects were on in the fields of Nanotechnology and Biosciences and another 22 on Holistic Development, Dr. Karpaga Kumaravel said.

The university was also strengthening its infrastructure.

A video conferencing facility and “smart classrooms” were introduced towards this objective.

University Grants Commission, Vice-Chairperson, Mool Chand Sharma, would be delivering the Convocation address. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who is the Chancellor of the varsity, and Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy, who is the university’s pro-Chancellor, would also be participating.