Raipur: While addressing the fifth convocation ceremony of Pandit Sunderlal Sharma (Open) University, Governor Anusuiya Uikey appealed people to stay positive and support each other in this era of COVID-19. Coming together for the sake of humanity is the need of the hour. She said that in future, we will need resources in the field of higher education that can facilitate teaching and learning while maintaining physical distances. Presently,Open University is playing an important role in this field. On the occasion, Governor congratulated all the gold-medalists and graduates, and paid homage to the freedom fighter Pandit Sunder Lal Sharma.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Revenue Minister Jaisingh Agrawal, Higher Education Minister Umesh Patel and other guests also attended the convocation ceremony.
Governor said that the posts of lecturers and professors are vacant in the universities and colleges of the state. This problem is more persistent in the remote areas of Bastar-Surguja. Besides, educational institutions in the state have been unable to secure good grading, which makes it difficult for them to receive grant from the University Grants Commission. She emphasized on the need to fill these vacancies at the earliest.
While addressing the program, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that our dream of Garhbo Nava Chhattisgarh will be fulfilled through holistic and multi-dimensional development of the state. Educational institutions such as Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Open University and the students earning degrees from these institutions can play a very important role in fulfilling this dream. He said that when we say 'Baat hai Abhimaan ke, Chhattisgarhiya Swabhiman ke', we want to acknowledge the prestige and honour of Chhattisgarh. Participation and engagement of youth should be ensured through utilization of all our resources such as agriculture, forest, water, minerals, etc. He said that we need to ponder upon the ways to strengthen higher education system, to uplift the weaker sections of the state, to link farm-forest-water resources mines with sustainable development, with youth in focus.
In the convocation, 5 students were given PhD degree. Two students were awarded PhD in psychology and commerce, one student each in Political Science, Microbiology and Management. A total of 2105 students were awarded degrees and titles in the session of January to December 2019 and 10,730 students in the session of July to June 2019-20. In the session of January to December 2019, the students who got first place in the merit list, Kandala Srinivas (MA Politics), Chandrashekhar Srivas (MA Sanskrit), Vivekchandra Mahilang (MA Hindi), Mohanla Patel (MSc Mathematics), Vikas Kumar Mridha (PGDCA), Nisha Rajwade (MA English), Chanchal Gaikwad (MA History), Prashant Kumar Rangari (MA Economics), Prakash Chauhan (MA Sociology), Dipanjali Sadawati (B.Lib and ISc) were awarded Gold Medals. Similarly, in the session of July-June 2019-20, Doleshwari (MA Political Science), Kavita (MA Sanskrit), Chainuram Nagvanshi (MSc Mathematics), Amina Lakra (BA), Deepika Gupta (BSc), Dhalendra Chandrakar (B.Com), Toshendra Kumar Sahu (B.Ed), Uma Patel (MA Hindi), Priyanka Sahu (MA English), Ratri Aanchala (MA Sociology), Kalpana Devangan (B.Lib & ISc), Ritika (PGDCA), Santosh Kumar Dewangan (PG Diploma) were awarded gold medal.