Veterinary varsity convocation next month

The administrative block of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Bidar.

The administrative block of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in Bidar.  

M.B. Girish

BIDAR: The second convocation of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, will be held on January 17, 2009 wherein students of the 2006-07 and the 2007-08 batches will receive their undergraduate and post-graduate degrees and doctoral certificates.

Owing to various reasons, the annual convocation of the university was cancelled in 2007-08. The university came into existence on January 17, 2005 and its first convocation was held on January 17, 2007.

According to senior officials of the university, “The cancellation of the convocation last year was beyond the control of university. It was fixed for January 17, 2008 but the event was cancelled.”

The previous vice-chancellor of the university, R.N. Srinivas Gowda, was on the verge of retirement, then. After, Mr. Srinivas Gowda retired from the post, two acting vice-chancellors, G.S. Bhat and S. Mallikarjunappa, were appointed. However, they were not able to hold the convocation in 2007-08, sources said.

With the appointment of a full-time vice-chancellor in the form of Suresh S. Honnappagol to the university, steps have been initiated to hold the annual convocation on January 17 coinciding with the date on which the university came into existence, the sources said.

Mr. Honnappagol told The Hindu here on Tuesday that the students who have completed their course in 2006-07 have been given provisional degree certificates in the absence of convocation certificates.

However, students who have not received their convocation certificates in 2006-07 will receive them at the forthcoming convocation function, he said.

As many as 532 students from 2006-07 and 2007-08 will receive their degrees. As many as 273 students of the 2006-07 batch and 259 students of the 2007-08 will get their degrees from the university. Of the 532 students, 35 are doctoral degrees, according to the vice-chancellor.

Mr. Honnappagol said that A.L. Chaudhary, president of Veterinary Council of India, will be the chief guest. Governor Rameshwar Thakur and district in-charge and Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belmagi will participate.

A committee headed by Mr. Honnappagol is making arrangements for the convocation to be held on the university campus at Nandinagar in Bidar.

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