Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is hosting its second convocation, after a gap of 46 years, on Wednesday. Over 400 students and research scholars, who have graduated between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, will be conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the convocation, which was earlier scheduled to take place inside the university. The varsity issued a statement on Tuesday stating that the venue for the second convocation has shifted to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) auditorium. JNU, which was established in 1969, has hosted convocation only once before and that too back in 1972.
The first convocation was marred by controversy after the then student union president delivered a 'radical' speech. Educationist, diplomat and noted journalist Gopalaswami Parthasarathy was the Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University at that time.
Reports suggest, this time too the venue has been changed considering a call given by JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) to boycott the convocation and hold a parallel event ‘Save JNU convention’. However University administration has denied that the venue was change because of a call given by JNUSU.
Meanwhile, reports say that the varsity has not invited media citing space constraint. "We cannot accommodate so many people during that event and hence only the registered students with one of their parents will be attending the convocation," JNU Public Relation Officer (PRO) Poonam Kudaisya was quoted as saying by DNA.
Professor VK Saraswat, Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University and current Member of the NITI Aayog will be the chief guest at the event. Saraswat will deliver the convocation address and award the degrees to the graduates, read a JNU statement. All the male dignitaries on the dais along with students have been asked to wear white kurta pajama and ladies to wear white kurta salwar/churidar or white saree with a border.