Published: 06th December 2018
This year on, Bangalore University to send gold medals directly to respective colleges for convocation
A year ago when several students were awarded cash prize instead of gold medals, they staged a protest against it
To avoid any last-minute chaos during convocation ceremonies over the distribution of gold medals for students, Bangalore University has decided to send the medals to respective colleges from the current academic year.
The 54th Annual convocation is likely to be held during the first week of January 2019 and the varsity has decided to send the prize money and gold medals, which have been instituted by donors to the students, directly to respective colleges. Starting this year, BU will award gold medals to only postgraduate and PhD students, on stage during convocation.
As per the university, over 112 gold medals for toppers in various postgraduate courses and also for PhD scholars have been instituted and only these will be conferred to awardees during the convocation on spot. Prof C Shivaraju, registrar evaluation of the university, said, “We tried to contact the donors requesting them to increase the amount instituted for gold medals. As a majority of them did not turn up, the university was forced to pay the interest against the principal amount granted by donors. Finding it difficult to provide gold medals with the interest, we have decided to send the prize money to respective colleges and let them award the same to meritorious students.”
A year ago, several students who were awarded cash prize instead of gold medals staged a protest. “We don't want the incident to repeat. However, to find other modalities of distributing gold medals, the university has constituted a committee which is meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue,” he added.
The varsity, which missed the chance to confer honorary doctorates, is hopeful of doing the same this year. The issue has been discussed in a syndicate meeting where the members have demanded to finalise the list and send it to the governor.
Last year, that is for 2018 batch, BU had sent a list of honorary doctorates in the last minute and it was rejected by the governor. In 2016, they could not award honorary doctorate, following differences between syndicate members over conferring it to then CM Siddaramaiah. The following year, they decided to confer it to cricketer Rahul Dravid, who turned it down.