TAMIL NADU

MKU amends convocation norms to benefit students

Shastry V Mallady

MADURAI: Madurai Kamaraj University has amended the existing convocation rules by making a provision to issue original degree/diploma certificates to students ahead of the annual convocation to enable them pursue higher education or seek employment.

"This was a decision taken after the Governor and Chancellor, Surjit Singh Barnala, convened a meeting of Vice-Chancellors at Chennai last month. With several foreign universities and companies asking for original certificates, students find it difficult to meet the requirement," MKU Vice-Chancellor, P. Maruthamuthu, said.

He told The Hindu on Saturday that the amendment was made at the Friday's Senate meeting thereby facilitating the issue of original certificates in "deserving" cases before the convocation.

Dr. Maruthamuthu said the Chancellor's decision would go a long way in helping students who get placement abroad. "Many international companies/universities do not accept provisional certificates and insist that the candidates produced original degree/diploma certificates." He said that original degree certificates would be issued in less than a week's time from the date of application.

According to the Registrar, V. Alagappan, the amendment would mean that the VC could sign and issue original degree/diploma certificates to candidates "and then include their names in the list of graduates at the convocation."

Governor nod

He said the statute was amended on the basis of recommendations made at the meeting of all VCs. "The resolution adopted at the Senate will now be sent to the Governor for his consent after which it comes into effect," he added.

Welcoming the amendment, G. Thiruvasagam, general secretary of College Principals' Association, said the amendment would make the MKU recognise the urgency of students when there was a delay in the conduct of convocations.