Assam Women’s University (AWU) at Jorhat, the first women’s university in the Northeast, is all set to hold its first convocation.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, AWU Vice Chancellor Dr Malinee Goswami said Assam governor and chancellor of the university Jagdish Mukhi will present certificates to 497 students attending the convocation on February 25.

A total of 580 students have passed out from 15 departments of the university since its inception.

Out of the 497 students who will attend the convocation, 486 are postgraduates and 11 are undergraduates.

Out of the 15 departments, 13 offer postgraduate, degree and 2 undergraduate courses.

The university also offers one-year postgraduate diploma course in computer application.

The university would do away with the traditional black gown and cap and the students will don mekhela sador during the convocation.

Goswami said out of those, who have passed out from the university, 38 have cleared NET/SLET and more than 100 have already got jobs in government or semi-government organisations.

“Others have started their own private businesses especially those who have passed out from the fashion design department of the university,” the Vice Chancellor said.

The VC said while the infrastructure of the university has been improved at a slow pace, much has been left to do as the university is yet to get an academic block.

Regarding the ad hoc and contractual appointment of teachers, there are no teachers who have been regularised till date, Goswami lamented.

She added that 52 assistant professors have been appointed while there is a need of 105 in total for the 15 departments, especially of the rank of professors and associate professors.

Out of the seven posts, sanctioned by the government in 2018, only the posts of Vice Chancellor and the registrar have been filled.

Goswami said the process of appointing a finance officer and controller of examinations is on with applications having been received.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: