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JAMMU, MAY 19: The 6th Convocation of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) was held at Baba Jitto Auditorium of the University today wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest. Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University presided over the function and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke on the occasion.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivered the Convocation Address.
During the Convocation, Prime Minister presented 6 Gold Medals; Chancellor awarded 55 Ph.D. degrees in Agriculture, Basic Sciences & Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, 85 Master’s degrees in Agriculture, Biotechnology and Agri Business Management, 77 Master’s degrees in Veterinary Science, 12 Master’s degrees in Basic Sciences, 124 Bachelor degrees in Agriculture and Biotechnology, 91 Bachelor degrees in Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences. Mehbooba Mufti, Pro Chancellor, presented 100 Certificates of Merit.
Governor wished a very bright future ahead to all alumni who received degrees, medals and awards at today’s Convocation. He advised that in whatever arena they decided to work in the coming time they must conduct themselves as disciplined professionals. He urged them to never compromise their integrity and adhere strictly to ethical and moral values.
Governor expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister for having graciously accepted his request and spared time to address the 6th Convocation of the University.
Appreciating the achievements of the University, Governor observed that the University had come a long way over the years and there has been progress on several fronts. He said that this was the first Convocation which was being held in the University, in the beautiful Baba Jitto Auditorium, which was completed a few months ago. He added that there were a total of 657 students in 2008 and today they have about double this number of whom, significantly, nearly one-third are Post-Graduate and Ph.D. scholars. Expressing satisfaction, he noted that the University has begun to assume the contours of an institution of higher education and hoped that the Vice Chancellor would take all possible steps to ensure its further growth.
Governor noted with satisfaction that after securing accreditation by the ICAR Accreditation Board, this University has attained the 15th position among 73 State Agricultural and Veterinary Universities across the country and this year, it achieved the distinction of its scholars securing the second largest number of Post-Graduate ICAR Scholarships for higher studies in Veterinary and Fishery Sciences.Governor complimented the Vice-Chancellor and all his colleagues, staff and the students for the good work being done in this campus and concluded by once again thanking the Prime Minister for his gracious presence in the campus. Earlier, Dr. P.K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-J, presented the Vice Chancellor’s Report and highlighted the achievements of the University and its future plans of action. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the growth and development of the University.
The proceedings of the Convocation commenced with Dr. Dileep Kachroo, Registrar, of the University, seeking permission of the Chancellor and declaring the Convocation Open.
Present on the occasion were Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in PMO; Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister; Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Minister for Agriculture Production; Legislators; Vice Chancellors of various State Universities; members of the Faculty; students; parents of the students and many distinguished guests.