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Periyar University convocation: 136 students to receive gold medals

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SALEM: A total of 136 students will be presented with gold medals at the 8th convocation of Periyar University on November 5.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala will participate in the convocation and present the degree certificates to students to be held on the university premises, Vice-Chancellor M. Thangaraju told reporters here on Monday.

Indira Gandhi National Open University Vice-Chancellor and Distance Education Council Chairman V.N. Rajasekaran Pillai would deliver the convocation address. Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi would also participate, he added.

The University, Mr. Thangaraju pointed out, would hold the convocation on its premises for the first time as the construction of the auditorium had been completed recently. The gold medallists include 28 PhD scholars, 25 M.Phil students, 33 postgraduate students and 38 undergraduate students.

Of them, 98 candidates are women. Seventeen students would also get endowment medals during the programme, he said.

Speaking on the growth of the university, the Vice-Chancellor said six more new departments would come up in the coming academic year. Efforts were already on to establish a Centre for Nanotechnology and a Centre for Solar Energy. Meanwhile, the district administration conducted a meeting to discuss the arrangements to be made for the visit of the Governor to Salem to participate in the convocation. Collector N. Mathivanan, presiding, called upon the officials of all the departments to cooperate with the administration in making the arrangements.

He asked the police to made adequate security arrangements on the venue of the convocation. Two medical teams would be deputed for the visit.

Superintendent of Police N.M. Mayilvahanan, University Registrar Gunasekaran, District Rural Development Agency Project Officer D. Jagannathan, Joint Director of Health Kandammal, Salem Government Medical College Hospital Dean P. Shanmugam and senior officials were present in the meeting.

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